The search for Harmony Montgomery: Police ask family to 'prepare for worst' as probe intensifies
The missing child, who turned eight last week, disappeared in late 2019 but no one reported her missing until December 2021
MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE: Harmony Montgomery's family has reportedly been told to prepare for the worst and her adoptive parents don't know what to tell her little brother, 5, who has been separated from her for three years.
Young Jamison Montgomery often asks his parents "Is that Harmony?" when the doorbell rings, but troubling updates in Harmony's missing person case on Tuesday, June 14, have left her family at a loss for words. The missing child, who turned eight last week, disappeared in late 2019 but no one reported her missing until December 2021. Authorities were seen Tuesday wheeling a refrigerator in and out of Harmony's biological father Adam Montgomery's former Manchester, New Hampshire residence along with other potential pieces of evidence. While Adam and his now-estranged wife Kayla were arrested after a months-long investigation, none of the charges were related to Harmoney's mysterious disappearance.
Speaking to The Sun, Jamison's adoptive father Blair Miller said he and his husband Jonathan haven't spoken to the child about the potentially disturbing news that is imminent upon them. "We wanted answers, and now we're afraid of it," Miller told the newspaper. "The US Marshals and DA's office are telling us to standby and they'll let us know as soon as they can but prepare for the worst. We're realizing we're going to have to have that conversation with him. We were trying to keep hope alive, but that hope is being ripped away from us." Miller added, "We are now thinking how are we going to explain this to Jamison? How is this going to impact him when he's 10, 15, 21, [or] an adult? There are no answers."
Jamison and his adopted family celebrated Harmony's eighth birthday just last Tuesday, cutting a cake and recording a sentimental message from the little brother on video. "Harmony, I hope you have a good birthday, big sister," Jamison was quoted as saying before blowing her a kiss. Miller said there were two things he and his family were grateful for. "One is law enforcement being so involved and keeping us informed and the other is the community," he said. "It's been therapeutic reading all the messages of love for Jamison and our family. I feel like they want answers like we do and are concerned about Harmony and Jamison like we are."
Former FBI agent Jennifer Coffindaffer spoke to The Sun after news emerged that police were wheeling a fridge in and out of Adam's former home wearing hazmat suits on Tuesday. She said it usually means investigators need to "maintain biological evidence," adding, "If they found a body or body parts in a freezer, law enforcement would want to maintain the level of decomposition."
Stunning scene in Manchester NH at this hour as FBI agents are parading evidence down Union Street and filling a box truck from the apartment where Adam Montgomery used to live… all this has shaken residents wondering where is Harmony? #7news pic.twitter.com/nTsBoaRG6D— Steve Cooper (@scooperon7) June 14, 2022
The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office, which is leading the investigation, has not disclosed what they were looking for or what led them to the residence. Meanwhile, the medical examiner's office and Manchester police also referred all questions to the AG. "No matter what, it's not good. I have a really creepy feeling about this," Coffindaffer told The Sun on Tuesday.