Girl Missing 9 Months Had 'Horrific' Experience: Lawyer

Abigail Hernandez's family releases statement

By Shelley Hazen,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 13, 2014 11:23 AM CDT

(Newser) – The survival of Abigail Hernandez through a "horrific" nine-month abduction is being called a miracle by her family. "For many months, she suffered numerous acts of unspeakable violence," one of her lawyers says in a new statement on behalf of the family. "Through her faith, fortitude, and resilience, she is alive today and home with her family." But the statement reveals little more about the girl's ordeal, which began on Oct. 9, 2013, and ended when she came home, pale and thin, on July 20, reports the Washington Post. The statement also asks the public to give Abby, 15, time to "physically and emotionally heal," adding, "It is going to be a long process in pursuit of justice for Abby and for Abby to get … stronger. We do not intend to have this case tried in the press."

As the investigation moves forward, the family’s lawyers say more details about Abby's experience will come to light. Prosecutors and the FBI are mum following the statement's release, but some suggestive details have emerged. Prosecutors believe Abby was held at a trailer park in New Hampshire where suspected kidnapper Nathaniel Kibby lived; his mobile home and a storage container located there are now the center of a legal battle, the Boston Globe reports. Prosecutors want to remove them and put them in storage, but Kibby's public defenders want to be allowed to investigate them first. Last week, a judge ruled both would stay put for now. Kibby, 34, has pleaded not guilty to felony kidnapping.

Police stand guard outside the trailer park home of Nathaniel Kibby on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Gorham, NH.
Police stand guard outside the trailer park home of Nathaniel Kibby on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Gorham, NH.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Nathaniel Kibby listens during a court hearing Wednesday Aug. 6, 2014, in Ossipee, NH.
Nathaniel Kibby listens during a court hearing Wednesday Aug. 6, 2014, in Ossipee, NH.   (AP Photo/Conway Daily Sun, Jamie Gemmiti, Pool)
Abigail Hernandez, right, sits with family and friends prior to the arraignment of Nathaniel Kibby, 34, of Gorham, NH.
Abigail Hernandez, right, sits with family and friends prior to the arraignment of Nathaniel Kibby, 34, of Gorham, NH.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)
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