Manchester, New Hampshire, Police Chief Allen Aldenberg said during a Wednesday press conference that the reward has reached $104,000 and that authorities are investigating about 300 tips.
Harmony Montgomery, 7, was reported missing last week — two years after she was last seen. (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
“I’m a little discouraged, but we remain determined in finding Harmony,” the police chief said in response to a question from a reporter.
Aldenberg did not make any other comments regarding the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Montgomery, who was last seen in 2019 but was not reported missing until late December 2021. He also dismissed concerns that the New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth & Families mishandled calls made prior to her disappearance.
Manchester Police Chief Allen Aldenberg delivers a Jan. 3 news briefing on the search for missing 7-year-old Harmony Montgomery. (Manchester Police)
Last week, officials searched for signs of Harmony at the Manchester home where she was last seen in 2019 during a police call to the address, but do not have any future plans to continue searching that location, according to the police chief. He thanked the current homeowner at the address, who is not involved with the case, for cooperating.
On Jan. 5, authorities arrested Montgomery’s biological father and stepmother, Adam Montgomery and Kayla Montgomery.
Adam and Kayla Montgomery. (New Hampshire Attorney General’s office)
Adam Montgomery, whose criminal history of violence includes pleading guilty to shooting a man in a drug-fueled robbery in 2014, nevertheless secured sole custody of his daughter Harmony on Feb. 22, 2019, and moved her to New Hampshire. Her mother, Crystal Sorey, had to surrender Harmony to the state of Massachusetts in the summer of 2018.
Montgomery’s family claims the last time they saw her was after Thanksgiving in 2019. Police last saw the now-7-year-old in September 2019.
Between July 1 and July 22 of 2019, Adam Montgomery allegedly punched the girl, who was 5 at the time and with visual impairments that included blindness in her right eye, in the face.
Law enforcement officials are asking anyone with information about the 7-year-old girl to call or text a 24-hour tip line at 603-203-6060.
Fox News’ Michael Ruiz contributed to this report.