New Hampshire’s top prosecutor announced that Adam Montgomery has been charged with second-degree murder, tampering with evidence, abuse of a corpse and tampering with witnesses at a news briefing Monday, about three years after missing Harmony Montgomery was last seen alive.
Adam Montgomery, Harmony’s father, allegedly struck the little girl in the head with a closed fist on Dec. 7, 2019, New Hampshire Attorney General John Formella said at a Monday news briefing, “recklessly causing the death of Harmony Montgomery, a person under the age of 13 , under circumstances that show an extreme indifference to the value of human life.”
Investigators announced in August that they would shift the focus of their investigation from a missing person to a homicide – saying they believe she had been murdered in Manchester in 2019.
The girl’s father, Adam Montgomery, has already been jailed since January on child abuse charges related to the fruitless search for his missing daughter. He is also a former heroin addict who shot a man in Massachusetts in 2014 and is a suspect in an unrelated cold case murder.
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In addition to allegedly killing his daughter, he is now also accused of trying to get his estranged wife, Kayla Montgomery, to go along with his story, Formella revealed Monday afternoon.
Judge Amy Messer last week ruled on a series of motions by Adam Montgomery’s defense team that alleged his Miranda rights had been violated by a Manchester detective after his arrest. She partially granted a request to suppress his interview, ordering that only a portion conducted after the alleged violation be stricken.
A separate motion to suppress phone evidence was denied, with Messer finding that Adam Montgomery waived his right to privacy when he claimed to detectives that the phone was not his.
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He is accused of giving his partially blind daughter a black eye in 2019 and other child abuse, according to investigators, but has not been charged in her alleged murder.
In July 2021, his mother-in-law filed for a protection order after claiming he showed up at her house with a knife and knocked on the window while her daughter was hiding there following the couple’s split.
The estranged wife, Kayla Montgomery, is also currently facing criminal charges after allegedly collecting welfare benefits on Harmony’s behalf for more than a year after she last saw the girl. She is also accused of lying to the grand jury.
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Harmony’s non-custodial biological mother reported her missing in late November 2021, according to a police affidavit, after she spent nearly two years trying to contact the girl’s father without success. When investigators began looking for her, they discovered that no one they interviewed had “physically seen her” since just after Thanksgiving in 2019.
Earlier this year, detectives searched a former apartment of Adam and Kayla Montgomery and were seen carrying evidence, including an entire refrigerator.
Harmony’s remains have not been found.
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