KEY POINTS

  • Harmony Montgomery was last seen in October 2019
  • She was reported missing only last week
  • Adam Montgomery was arrested on felony second-degree assault and other charges

The father of a New Hampshire girl who went missing two years ago has been arrested on assault and other charges. 

Harmony Montgomery, 7, was last seen in October 2019, but police learned about her missing only last week. The girl's father, 31-year-old Adam Montgomery, was arrested from Manchester on Tuesday on charges of felony second-degree assault, interference with custody and two misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a child, NBC News reported.

The assault charges stem from an incident in July 2019 when Adam reportedly admitted to Harmony's uncle that he gave her a black eye when she failed to keep her little brother from crying. Adam reportedly "bashed" the then-5-year-old girl "around this house," an arrest affidavit filed Wednesday said.

The New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth and Families reported to police on Dec. 27 that it could not locate Harmony. Investigators found out that the girl was last seen in October 2019 when officers made a service call at a Manchester residence. The officials describe the circumstances surrounding the prolonged absence "concerning."

 Adam was sleeping in a vehicle with his girlfriend when police found him Friday. He made contradictory statements to the officers. When they enquired Adam about his daughter, he reportedly told them he was "not talking to you" and "I have nothing to say," the arrest affidavit said. 

Crystal Sorey, Harmony's mother, called the Manchester Police Department on Nov. 18 to report that she had not seen her daughter in at least six months. Sorey later said her daughter was in the physical and legal custody of her ex-husband, Adam, according to the affidavit. 

Sorey admitted that both she and Adam struggled with substance abuse issues. She later became sober and repeatedly tried to locate Adam and Harmony. When she last saw her daughter during a video call, she appeared to be frightened, Sorey told police.

Meanwhile, the officials are seeking the public's help in finding Harmony, New York Post reported. The Manchester Police Department has announced a reward totaling $33,000 for information that leads to the girl. The FBI has also joined the investigation.

Anyone with information about Harmony is requested to contact the dedicated tip line at 603-203-6060 or contact Manchester police at 603-668-8711 or the Manchester Crimeline at 603-624-4040.

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