The father of a five-year-old girl, Harmony Montgomery who went missing in New Hampshire and was not reported till late last year has been charged with murder.
The autopsy report against Adam Montgomery alleges that he hit Harmony repeatedly in the head with a closed fist, but authorities did not say whether her body had been found.
Harmony’s father was charged with multiple counts, including falsifying physical evidence, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with a witness.
At a news conference in Manchester, state attorney general, John Formella said:
“I do want to again express my deepest sympathies to Harmony’s family, friends, and loved ones.”
“We understand that today’s news, while significant for purposes of this investigation, is yet another difficult moment for those who loved Harmony and those who have followed this case.”
Police first became aware that Harmony might be missing when they received a call from the girl’s mother, Crystal Sorey, in November, as she has been trying to reach her daughter who was with her father for months.
Police said they contacted Harmony’s father, Adam Montgomery, 32, and other family members by the end of December stating that they were concerned if their daughter was still alive, as Harmony had not been found in two years.
In August, authorities said the case had become a homicide investigation. They said they believe Harmony was killed in Manchester in early December 2019.
Harmony’s father and stepmother, who have since pleaded not guilty to charges claimed that they brought Harmony to be with her mother in Massachusetts and they had not seen her since then.
Her mother denied the claim, stating that she last saw her daughter during a phone video conversation around Easter that year.