Missing Girl's Return Cloaked in Mystery
Abigail Hernandez case a rare one: expert
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 26, 2014 4:50 PM CDT
FILE - In this file photo taken Tuesday July 22, 2014, a missing person poster of Abigail Hernandez displayed in a storefront window in North Conway, N.H., shows Hernandez has been found. Hernandez, 15,...   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – This week saw a missing girl safely returned to her family after nine months—but her disappearance in Conway, New Hampshire remains mysterious. Authorities are looking into the "facts and circumstances" that led to Abigail Hernandez going missing, Reuters reports. Police have released a sketch of the man said to have picked up the 15-year-old in his truck when she disappeared, but it's not certain whether he took her "against her will, enticed her away, detained her, or concealed her whereabouts for the last nine months," officials say.

"We continue to say we have a number of questions we don't have answers to," an assistant attorney general says, per the AP. Investigators lacked evidence of foul play, she adds. But "a child cannot do this on their own with this level of sophistication to stay off the grid. Especially a child of this age—they live through phones and social media." A criminal law expert points to the strangeness of the story. "You never get cases like this where you're at the end game of the case, and it's completely unclear what happened," he says.

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Jul 28, 2014 9:43 AM CDT
After checking the statistics for this berg, IMHO, this is one of the WHITEST puritan towns in the US. http://www.city-data.com/city/Conway-New-Hampshire.html I would not be surprised one bit if this girl got pregnant and was sent away to have the baby while putting it up for adoption. Gone for 9-months? Really?? Do you think that NO-ONE can see through this ? ? ?
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Jul 28, 2014 3:23 AM CDT
She is Romulan and used a cloaking device
Jul 27, 2014 5:00 PM CDT
When you ask authorities for help, you've made a commitment to share all information with them or you could find yourself in hot water. Much time and money go into missing persons cases.