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Search for Harmony Montgomery Is Now a Homicide Investigation, Officials Say

New Hampshire girl who went missing in 2019 is now believed to be a homicide victim, officials said during a press conference on Thursday

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Authorities announced on Thursday that they were treating the disappearance of Harmony Montgomery, who has been missing since 2019, as a homicide investigation.

Harmony went missing in 2019, when she was 5 years old, but nobody noticed until December of the following year.

New Hampshire Attorney General John Formella said during a press conference on Thursday that Harmony was likely murdered in Manchester in December 2019.

According to previous PEOPLE coverage, Harmony was last seen in the company of her father Adam, stepmother Kayla, and the couple’s two other children.

In January 2022, Adam and Kayla were arrested and charged with multiple offenses, none of which were directly related to Harmony’s disappearance. To date, both have entered not guilty pleas. A lawyer who could act on their behalf was not immediately apparent.

Adam was arrested in June of 2019 for assault after he allegedly told someone he had given Harmony a black eye, as reported by NBC News, which cited court documents. Since Kayla was not actually living with Harmony, she committed welfare fraud by claiming that she was and receiving food stamps in their name.

Harmony’s biological mother, Crystal Sorey, was reportedly seen at a vigil in January 2022, where she made a promise to return home with her daughter.

For those who may have information about this case, a special tip line has been set up at (603) 203-6060.