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Missing North Conway teen home after 9 months

  • FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2013 file photo, tourists walk by an information booth in North Conway, N.H., bearing a poster of missing teenager Abigail Hernandez, 14, who disappeared on Oct. 9, 2013, after leaving school. New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster said Monday, July 21, 2014, that Abigail Hernandez was reunited with her family Sunday evening.  (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2013 file photo, tourists walk by an information booth in North Conway, N.H., bearing a poster of missing teenager Abigail Hernandez, 14, who disappeared on Oct. 9, 2013, after leaving school. New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster said Monday, July 21, 2014, that Abigail Hernandez was reunited with her family Sunday evening. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

  • FILE -  This undated file photo provided by the Conway, N.H., Police Department, shows Abigail Hernandez, 14, of North Conway, N.H., who disappeared on Oct. 9, 2013, after leaving school. New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster said Monday, July 21, 2014, that Abigail Hernandez was reunited with her family Sunday evening. (AP Photo/Conway Police Department, File)

    FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Conway, N.H., Police Department, shows Abigail Hernandez, 14, of North Conway, N.H., who disappeared on Oct. 9, 2013, after leaving school. New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster said Monday, July 21, 2014, that Abigail Hernandez was reunited with her family Sunday evening. (AP Photo/Conway Police Department, File)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2013 file photo, tourists walk by an information booth in North Conway, N.H., bearing a poster of missing teenager Abigail Hernandez, 14, who disappeared on Oct. 9, 2013, after leaving school. New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster said Monday, July 21, 2014, that Abigail Hernandez was reunited with her family Sunday evening.  (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)
  • FILE -  This undated file photo provided by the Conway, N.H., Police Department, shows Abigail Hernandez, 14, of North Conway, N.H., who disappeared on Oct. 9, 2013, after leaving school. New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster said Monday, July 21, 2014, that Abigail Hernandez was reunited with her family Sunday evening. (AP Photo/Conway Police Department, File)

A 15-year-old North Conway girl who disappeared while on her way home from school nine months ago is safely home with her family, the state attorney general said yesterday.

Abigail Hernandez was reunited with her family Sunday evening, Attorney General Joe Foster said.

Foster said the family has asked for privacy. He said Abigail’s mother, Zenya Hernandez, told authorities “today we are the happiest people on earth.”

The police said Abigail was last seen Oct. 9 after leaving Kennett High School in Conway. The police said she walked her normal route toward her house and sent several texts between 2:30 and 3 p.m. But she never made it home.

The police did reveal several months ago that she had written home to her mother. When the letter surfaced, FBI Special Agent In Charge Kieran Ramsey said there was the possibility that Abigail had run away but that someone could still be coercing her into staying away from home.

“The long and short of it is, quite honestly, we are just happy that she’s home safe and sound right now,” Ramsey said yesterday. He declined to discuss specifics of the investigation.

In a brief statement, Foster said the criminal investigation in Abigail’s disappearance will continue. Jane Young, chief of the attorney general’s criminal bureau, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment yesterday afternoon.

After Abigail disappeared, the police initially said she made it home, but later said she hadn’t. The police also at first said she made a call about 6:30 p.m. that day but later said that, too, was wrong.

After she vanished, the police consistently said they have no evidence to suggest anything suspicious and were treating her disappearance as a missing-person’s case.

The disappearance rattled the town of 2,300 residents in Mount Washington Valley, who were reminded of the still-unsolved killing of another young girl from rural New Hampshire three years ago: 11-year-old Celina Cass disappeared from her West Stewartstown home in July 2011, and her body was recovered a week later in the Connecticut River.

In Conway, rescuers fanned out for days over the heavily forested terrain that surrounds the townhouse where Hernandez lives with her mother. The police also searched by air, stopped traffic and handed out missing posters and used boats on the Saco River and Pudding Pond.

Legacy Comments6

Taking a while to sort out the details. I would like to know if this was a kidnapping or a runaway.

Seems odd she was gone 9 months perhaps she had an extenuating situation and felt she would be forced to keep it. Perhaps someone helped her in return for something. Then when all was said and done she returns home. But ultimately she came home safe and sound - we should not be angry or bitter because everyone cared enough to look for her. She and her family need compassion which seems to be in short supply these days. Blessed be.

really people? just over 9 months is just a coincidence? wow......

did she give birth to a boy or a girl? really people? all the money spent on looking for this girl? just over 9 months is a coincidence??? pllllleeeeeeez......

The "good news" would be complete if the little brat's parents were made to pay the "rescue" bill.

Finally some good news for a change!

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