Man charged in teen’s 9-month disappearance
This booking photo released by the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office shows Nathaniel E. Kibby, 34, of Gorham, N.H., arrested Monday, July 28, 2014 and charged with one count of felony kidnapping of Abigail Hernandez, who went missing in Conway, N.H., in October 2013, and returned home last week. Kibby will be arraigned Tuesday in district court in Conway, N.H. (AP Photo/New Hampshire Attorney General's Office)
FILE - In this file photo taken Tuesday July 22, 2014, a missing person poster of Abigail Hernandez displayed in a storefront window in North Conway, N.H., shows Hernandez has been found. Hernandez, 15, returned home nine months after vanishing on her way home from high school. But the happy ending did not put an end to the mystery of where she was, who she was with and just what happened to her. (AP Photo)
FILE-Conway, N.H. police released this photo of 14-year-old Abigail Hernandez of North Conway, N.H. Thursday Oct. 10, 2013. Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young said missing teenager Abigail Hernandez wrote a letter to her mother Zenya Hernandez postmarked Oct. 23 and was received by her mother Nov. 6.(AP Photo/Conway Police department/FILE)
This police artist sketch released Thursday, July 24, 2014 by the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office depicts a man's likeness drawn from a description provided by Abigail Hernandez that she said drove her away from North Conway, N.H., more than nine months earlier. Attorney General Joseph Foster said it is unclear if the girl was taken against her will, lured away, or what role the man may have played in concealing her whereabouts. Hernandez returned home Sunday night. (AP Photo/New Hampshire Attorney General's Office)
A 34-year-old man was arrested and charged yesterday with kidnapping a New Hampshire teenage girl who returned home last week after vanishing nine months ago.
Nathaniel Kibby was arrested without incident at his Gorham home and was charged with felony kidnapping, authorities said.
The police allege Kibby knowingly confined Abigail “Abby” Hernandez, then 14, on Oct. 9, sometime after she left Conway High School for her home. Abby returned home the night of July 20, but authorities have not explained the circumstances of her return.
Attorney General Joe Foster said yesterday that law enforcement officials have worked around the clock to determine the facts surrounding the girl’s disappearance and return. He said Abby provided the police with details of her kidnapping sufficient to warrant Kibby’s arrest.
Kibby is scheduled for arraignment today at Conway’s district court. It was not immediately known whether Kibby has a lawyer. Foster said he will have a press briefing after the arraignment.
Abby’s mother, Zenya Hernandez, has said she believes Abby, now 15, did not run away and didn’t know the man believed to have driven off with her. The police released a sketch of him last week based on Abby’s description.
Abby also issued a statement thanking people who searched for her and saying she believes their hopes and prayers “played a major role in my release.”
Zenya Hernandez said when her daughter returned home, she was thin and pale and had “a look in her eyes I’ve never, ever seen before. And that’s something that’s haunting me, and I think will haunt me for the rest of my life.”
Donald St. Germain, 76, who lives three trailers down from Kibby’s home told the Associated Press he doesn’t know Kibby and rarely saw him.
“The only time I saw him was this spring when he had to fix the roof on his trailer,” he said.
St. Germain said he noticed the police in the mobile home park about noon yesterday.
An hour later, several FBI agents knocked on his door and told him they had arrested someone accused of keeping a girl captive.
Abby’s mother said in a television interview that rumors that her daughter was pregnant aren’t true. She told NBC’s Today that many people think her daughter was pregnant, but she was not.
Foster said when the girl disappeared she apparently had no way to get about or secure food, shelter or other necessities on her own.
Townspeople who searched and prayed that she would return are relieved, but also are looking for answers about where she’s been and how she got home.
“I feel like they just ripped something out of our souls,” Zenya Hernandez said. “And just as I swore that I’ll find her, I’ll find the person, I’ll find out what happened.”