Girl, 15, Who Went Missing 9 Months Ago Back Home

Investigation into Abigail Hernandez's disappearance continues
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 22, 2014 8:33 AM CDT
This undated file photo provided by the Conway, N.H., Police Department, shows Abigail Hernandez, 14, of North Conway, NH, who disappeared on Oct. 9, 2013, after leaving school. New Hampshire.   (Uncredited)

(Newser) – A 15-year-old New Hampshire girl who disappeared while on her way home from school nine months ago is safely home with her family. Abigail Hernandez was reunited with her family on Sunday evening, according to Attorney General Joseph Foster. Few details have been released, but Foster says the criminal investigation in Abigail's disappearance will continue. "We marshalled all our resources and we can gratefully say that she was able to be reunited with her family," says an official with the AG's criminal bureau.

Abigail was last seen Oct. 9 after leaving Kennett High School in Conway. Police said she walked her normal route toward her house and sent several texts between 2:30pm and 3pm. But she never made it home. Police did reveal several months ago that Abigail 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. Foster says Abigail's mother told authorities "today we are the happiest people on earth." (Read more missing teen stories.)

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