Lawmen searching for missing girl, 8, take FRIDGE wrapped in biohazard tape from dad’s former home


FBI officers searching for missing eight-year-old Harmony Montgomery take a FRIDGE wrapped in biohazard tape from former home of her father as mom says: ‘They’re looking for a body’

  • Investigators were filmed rolling the refrigerator from the Manchester, New Hampshire residence this afternoon, where the missing 8-year-old last live
  • FBI agents were filmed wrapping the home appliance in biohazard tape and loading it and a slew of other items into a truck. 
  • The domicile, located in Manchester on 644 Union Street, was once home to Harmony’s father, Adam Montgomery, and his estranged wife Kayla
  • Harmony, then five, disappeared between November and December 2019, while she was living with her dad at the residence, a second-floor apartment
  • The young girl had come into her father’s care after her mother, Crystal Sorey, lost custody in July 2018 due to her substance abuse issues. 
  • Cops did not know she was missing until last fall. She has still not been found 

FBI agents tasked with finding missing eight-year-old Harmony Montgomery were seen Tuesday removing a refrigerator wrapped in biohazard tape from a home previously linked to the girl’s allegedly abusive father.

Investigators were filmed rolling the refrigerator from the New Hampshire residence this afternoon, wrapping the home appliance in biohazard tape and loading it and a slew of other items into a truck.

The domicile, located in Manchester on 644 Union Street, was once home to Harmony’s father, Adam Montgomery, and  his estranged wife Kayla – Harmony’s stepmom.

Harmony, who was 5 at the time, disappeared between November 28 and December 10, 2019, while she was living with her dad at the residence, a second-floor apartment.

The young girl had come into her father’s care after her mother, Crystal Sorey, lost custody in July 2018 due to her substance abuse issues. 

Authorities did not know she was missing until last fall. She has still not been found. 

FBI agents tasked with finding missing eight-year-old Harmony Montgomery were seen Tuesday removing a refrigerator wrapped in biohazard tape from a home previously linked to the girl's allegedly abusive father

Missing Harmony Montgomery disappeared between November 28 and December 10, 2019, while she was living with her dad at the residence, a second-floor apartment

FBI agents tasked with finding missing eight-year-old were seen Tuesday removing a refrigerator wrapped in biohazard tape from a home linked to the girl's allegedly abusive dad

FBI agents tasked with finding missing eight-year-old were seen Tuesday removing a refrigerator wrapped in biohazard tape from a home linked to the girl’s allegedly abusive dad

Seeing lawmen swarm the home, Sorey told Boston 25 that she fears the worst as to the fate of her only daughter, saying that she believes it’s no longer a rescue mission and that investigators are ‘looking for a body.’

‘This is rough,’ the emotional mom told the outlet Tuesday. ‘I know in my heart this is no longer a rescue mission. They’re looking for a body.’

Sorey previously told police the last time she last saw Harmony was on a video call around Easter 2019 while she was living at the apartment, where she said the the young girl looked ‘frightened.’  

According to WMUR 9, local authorities first descended on the area Monday night, closing it off before federal investigators’ arrival early Tuesday,

The search saw the lawmen repeatedly enter the apartment and exit with items that likely served as evidence in the case, most of them packed away in tape and cardboard.

The fridge, however, likely due to its size, was rolled out and wrapped outside, with press at the scene capturing it on film. 

Law enforcement officials were also seen setting up a green privacy tent so that investigators could pack the materials discreetly. 

Mossaides claims officials prioritized placing Harmony with her father, Adam Montgomery, 32, after failing to conduct a through assessment of him

Officials never conducted a visit to the home where Adam Montgomery resided with his wife, Kayla Montgomery (pictured), before placing Harmony in their care

The domicile, located in Manchester on 644 Union Street, was once home to Harmony’s father, Adam Montgomery (at left), and his estranged wife Kayla – Harmony’s stepmom. Montgomery has been in jail since January on charges surrounding the child’s disappearance, while Kayla was hit with a felony count of welfare fraud after she allegedly took out over $1,500 in food stamps from December 2019 to June 2021 in Harmony’s name

Still, the stunning scene of agents parading evidence from the home and into the box truck attracted the attention of several local residents, left to wonder: What exactly happened to young Harmony?

Investigators revealed earlier this year that Harmony was reportedly homeless and living out of a car with her family in the days before her disappearance, after being evicted from the apartment on November 27 – right before she vanished.

During that time, Harmony’s family was either living out of a silver 2010 Chrysler Sebring, or a dark blue 2006 Audi S4. 

The attorney general’s office shared stock photos of the vehicles, but said the actual condition of the cars in 2019 was worse than depicted in these photos.

Adam was arrested in January, shortly after police were made aware of Harmony’s vanishing, on multiple counts related to his daughter’s disappearance, including  felony second-degree assault, one misdemeanor charge of interference with custody and two misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a child. 

He pleaded not guilty and was jailed in New Hampshire without bail.

Adam however has not been charged with the girl’s disappearance.  

He was later hit with more charges in April, after he allegedly stole a rifle and a shotgun between September 29 and October, 3, 2019 – just months before Harmony was last seen.

It was revealed he was also considered a suspect in the February 2008 killing of Darlin Guzman, a 28 year-old computer repairman who was fatally shot in the parking lot of a convenience store in Lynn, Massachusetts. 

Adam, who has a criminal record that goes back at least to 2007, has been in jail since January in connection with the second-degree assault charge. 

Police believe Harmony disappeared  between November 28 and December 10, 2019

Police believe Harmony disappeared  between November 28 and December 10, 2019

Relatives have accused Adam of abusing Harmony, including spanking, forcing her to scrub the toilet with her toothbrush, and leaving her standing in the corner for hours, investigators say. 

His uncle told police Adam had told him that he ‘bashed her around this house’ during one instance in 2019, after the father reportedly found her trying to get her younger brother to stop crying while she was bathing him. 

According to the uncle, Montgomery explained that he had left Harmony, then age 5, in charge of her infant brother while he was in the bathroom.

When the baby started crying, Montgomery said he came out of the bathroom to find Harmony with her hand clamped over her brother’s mouth to stop him from crying.

‘Adam told Kevin that he responded by striking [Harmony] in the face and causing the black eye,’ according to the affidavit.

Kevin Montgomery told police he reported the 2019 assault to the Department of Children of Children Youth and Their Families (DCYF). 

A caseworker visited Montgomery’s home in July 2019 and found the claim Harmony had a black eye unfounded. However, the family were ‘identified as high risk of repeat child welfare system involvement’ and were given referrals for housing supports, the review stated. 

During a second visit that August, the worker noticed a red mark in Harmony’s eye and faded bruising under her eyelid. The worker was told by Harmony and her father that the mark was caused by ‘horseplay with another sibling when a toy light saber struck Harmony Montgomery near her eye.’

Two other visits that year showed ‘the children appeared happy and healthy,’ the review said. The last visit was on October 1, 2019.

The division didn’t have contact with Adam Montgomery again until January 2020. When asked about Harmony, he said the child was living with her mother, Sorey, in Massachusetts.

A child protective services worker left a voicemail for Sorey, but the call wasn’t returned and there is no evidence of any additional attempts to contact her, the review said.

Adam Montgomery made similar comments about Harmony when a case worker visited the house twice in 2021, the review said.

In September, a ‘close contact’ of Harmony’s mother contacted the division and ‘raised concerns’ that Sorey hadn’t seen her daughter since 2019 and hadn’t been able to contact Adam Montgomery, the review said. The division confirmed that Harmony had never been registered for school in the public school system.

The division attempted to find the Montgomery family and speak with Sorey, who later told police she hadn’t seen her daughter since a Facetime call around Easter 2019.  

Meanwhile, Harmony’s 31-year-old stepmom has pleaded not guilty to a felony count of welfare fraud after being accused of collecting $1,500 worth of food stamps in the child’s name for a year after her disappearance. 

In an interview with police on New Year’s Eve, Kayla – who shares three children with her husband, ages 4, 2 and 1 – said she last saw Harmony in November or December 2019.

She said her husband was driving Harmony to the child’s mother in Massachusetts. She said she believed Harmony had been returned to the mother, and never saw or heard about Harmony after that day, according to the police document.

She also told police she hadn’t seen Adam since October and had not spoken to him since November.

Adam Montgomery, 31

Kayla Montgomery, 31

Adam Montgomery, 31, father of missing Harmony Montgomery, and his wife, Kayla Montgomery, 31, face multiple charges related to her the girl’s disappearance

Harmony's stepmom told police she hadn't seen Adam since October and had not spoken to him since November

Harmony’s stepmom told police she hadn’t seen Adam since October and had not spoken to him since November

Crystal Sorey (pictured) said she last saw her daughter Harmony during FaceTime call in 2019

Crystal Sorey (pictured) said she last saw her daughter Harmony during FaceTime call in 2019

A 'Bring Harmony Home' poster was seen at a candlelight vigil held for the seven-year-old in January

A ‘Bring Harmony Home’ poster was seen at a candlelight vigil held for the seven-year-old in January

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