New Hampshire Police Still Baffled Even Though Missing Teen Returned Home

New Hampshire Police Still Baffled Even Though Missing Teen Returned Home

Police are still baffled even though missing teen Abigail Hernandez, age 15, returned home last week. Although the New Hampshire teenager who came back after disappearing for nine months while on her way to her house from school has given police investigators a description of the man she says took her away and her photograph has been removed from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s website, police do not appear satisfied with how the case has played out. It does not seem to matter that all the missing person posters which were put up in her hometown now have the word “found” across them and that her mother states Hernandez’s family is the happiest on Earth.

New Hampshire police investigators continue to have many questions on how and why Abby vanished on Oct. 9 and who might have even helped her. Law enforcement has repeatedly asked for help from the public but have revealed very little. Jane Young, who is Senior Assistant Attorney, and heads the New Hampshire Criminal Bureau, explained that state law enforcement is still dedicating an incredible amount of resources and to unravel the mystery. Based on the description the teen gave, authorities were able to release a sketch of the man she stated drove her away last year but they are still trying to figure out whether she went with him freely or was forced.

Attorney Young added that the investigators had a number of questions that they did not have any answers to but Young refused to comment on Abby’s amount of cooperation into the inquiry. New Hampshire State Police did disclose numerous months ago that Abby had sent a letter home to her mother. When the note surfaced, an FBI Special Agent declared that the teenager might have taken off from her house on purpose or someone could have been pressuring her into staying away.

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Bob Lowery, who is the vice president of the missing children division at the NCMEC, explained that the teen’s return after such a lengthy departure was uncommon but not unprecedented. He added that realistically, the longer that children are gone, the more likely that they will be found goes down. In 2012, the NCMEC took on nearly 10,690 missing children cases and helped resolve all but just 81 of them.

In the majority of the circumstances, the child had been unharmed. In Abby’s case, it is believed there is a lot going on behind the scenes that the public does not know about, stated Albert Scherr, who is a professor of criminal law at the University Of New Hampshire School Of Law. Dr. Scherr added that cases such as this just do not get to the end and it is totally unclear what happened. Possible criminal charges include kidnapping, if there turns out to be an investigation or if there is some sort of hindering of apprehension of an individual. If there happen to be people out there who know more than what they have told police in order to cover for Abby, they could also be in legal trouble.

Repeating: police are still baffled even though missing teen Abigail Hernandez age 15, returned home last week. Although the New Hampshire teenager who came back after disappearing for nine months while on her way to her house from school has given police investigators a description of the man she says took her away and her photograph has been removed from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s website, police do not seem satisfied with how the case has played out. It does not seem to matter that all the missing person posters which were put up in her hometown now have the word “found” across them and that her mother states the teen has the happiest family on Earth.

By Kimberly Ruble

Sources:

CBS News

The Christian Science Monitor

San Francisco Chronicle

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