UPDATE (Thursday, Aug. 11, 3:55 p.m.): The search for Harmony Montgomery is considered a homicide investigation, and the girl is believed to have been slain, authorities announced. Details here.
Authorities will give an update on the investigation into the disappearance of Harmony Montgomery on Thursday, the New Hampshire Attorney General's office said Wednesday.
Harmony was last seen in late 2019 when she was 5 years old. She was last known to be living with her father in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Attorney General John M. Formella and Manchester Police Chief Allen Aldenberg are expected to speak at a media briefing Thursday afternoon. Their agencies have been working alongside federal authorities, including the FBI and the U.S. Marshal's Service.
Manchester police have said they began their investigation in December 2019, when they received a report that she had not been seen since late 2019. Her father, Adam Montgomery, is facing numerous charges including failing to have Harmony in his custody. He has not been charged in her disappearance. Her stepmother, Kayla Montgomery, has also faced arrests.
In early January, days after news broke about Harmony's disappearance, investigators turned up at a home on Guilford Street in Manchester where the girl had once lived with her father and stepmother.
"It was just outrageous to me, it's been two years and they're looking for her now," said Annie Vega, who bought the home after the Montgomerys moved out.
She had no idea it would become the center of an investigation.
"I said, 'What if something happened in this home?'" said Vega. "I just started having questions."
Vega says she never saw anything that raised red flags after she moved in.
"We had to redo the whole house, so I know for a fact we put up new walls, we put up new floors, a new roof," said Vega. "We didn't find anything that was suspicious."
Vega, who has no ties to the Montgomery family, decided to get involved in the search for Harmony, as did fellow Manchester resident Regina Carr.
"There's a lot of people, near and far, that really care about this little girl," said Carr.
Both have posted fliers around the city and led searches. They watched in June as law enforcement showed up at a Manchester apartment building where Harmony's father and step mother moved.
At one point, investigators could be seen removing a refrigerator from one of the apartments.
Thursday's update comes almost two months after that last high-profile search, with no new public developments since.
"If it's an update without Harmony, we're going to keep looking," said Carr. "We're resolved to that. The longer it goes on, the more real it becomes that she might not be with us anymore."
Both women are hoping there may be some closure for the family and justice for Harmony.
"It's pins and needles," said Vega. "I feel almost like part of the family, I feel invested."
The investigation has raised questions about how various agencies in New Hampshire and Massachusetts prioritized the case.
More on the Harmony Montgomery case
TIMELINE: The Search for Harmony Montgomery
Authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating Harmony. Anyone with information is asked to call or text the 24-hour tip line dedicated to her rescue at 603-203-6060.