MANCHESTER, NH (CBS) – Prosecutors argued in court Monday that New Hampshire girl’s stepmother is missing Harmony Montgomery “Know what law enforcement is ending up learning” in this case and should be considered a flight risk.
Harmony has not been seen since November 29 to December 10, 2019, but has only been reported as missing recently.
her father, Adam Montgomery, had previously been charged with conduct against Harmony. Kayla Montgomery was also arrested, but neither was directly charged with the girl’s disappearance.
Kayla Montgomery was charged Monday with modified theft after prosecutors said she was accused of Food stamp benefits accepted for Harmony when the girl went missing.
Prosecutors argued that Kayla Montgomery should be on cash bail because she is a flying risk person.
“This is not a blatant lie. This is not a simple lie. This is an 18-month lie to get welfare benefits for a missing child. Despite a month-long effort by three powerful law enforcement agencies to locate her, she has not shown up,” Assistant District Attorney Jesse O’Neill said in court. “I suggest that puts this defendant at high risk of flying. She knows what law enforcement is ending up learning. Maybe now it looks like a harmless theft charge, a welfare fraud fee. But she knows what we will learn as the investigation continues.”
Defense attorney Paul Garrity asked a judge to release Kayla Montgomery after she was accepted into a rehabilitation program in Nashua.
The judge has considered the arguments but has yet to issue a verdict.
Garrity said after the trial that he hoped his client would be released.
“[The judge] had to review bail. And the bail rules are pretty specific that you can’t put bail if that’s going to arrest someone unless the nature of the crime would pose a significant risk to the flight,” Garrity said. “Based on what she’s accused of, there’s really no substantial basis to believe she’s a flight risk, so I’m hopeful that the judge will release her to the program.”
Investigators released the new information Monday. Specifically, the police have revealed more about the timeline when Harmony was last seen.
Police will also release more details about the cars Adam and Kayla Montgomery lived in when they were homeless around the time Harmony disappeared. They hope the new information will help spark new tips from the public.
Manchester Police Chief Allen Aldenberg was asked if he was frustrated that Harmony had yet to be found.
“I’m a bit discouraged to be honest with you. But that’s not going to stop what we’re doing,” Aldenberg said. “I saw the detectives again this morning. And again, no one bowed. No one kicked the can down the street. They are committed to what we are trying to accomplish here. And that is to locate Harmony. That’s what it’s all about.”
Anyone with information can call 24 hour tip at 603-203-6060. The reward for information leading the police to Harmony has reached nearly 150,000 USD.
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