Missing New Hampshire teen home after 9 months

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Abigail Hernandez, right, sits with family and friends as she listens to her mother Zenya Hernandez, center, talk with N.H. Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young, right, prior to the arraignment of Nathaniel Kibby, 34, of Gorham, N.H. at Conway District Court in Conway, N.H., Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Kibby was charged with kidnapping Abigail Hernandez nine months ago was ordered held on $1 million bail after a brief court appearance Tuesday. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)
Zenya Hernandez, left, mother of Abigail Hernandez, talks with N.H. Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young, right, prior to the arraignment of Nathaniel Kibby, 34, of Gorham, N.H. at Conway District Court in Conway, N.H., Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Kibby was charged with kidnapping Abigail Hernandez nine months ago was ordered held on $1 million bail after a brief court appearance Tuesday. At center background is Abigail Hernandez. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)
This booking photo released by the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office shows Nathaniel E. Kibby, 34, of Gorham, N.H., arrested Monday, July 28, 2014 and charged with one count of felony kidnapping of Abigail Hernandez, who went missing in Conway, N.H., in October 2013, and returned home last week. Kibby will be arraigned Tuesday in district court in Conway, N.H. (AP Photo/New Hampshire Attorney General's Office)
This police artist sketch released Thursday, July 24, 2014 by the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office depicts a man's likeness drawn from a description provided by Abigail Hernandez that she said drove her away from North Conway, N.H., more than nine months earlier. Attorney General Joseph Foster said it is unclear if the girl was taken against her will, lured away, or what role the man may have played in concealing her whereabouts. Hernandez returned home Sunday night. (AP Photo/New Hampshire Attorney General's Office)
A sign that had been posted on the storefront window of the Naked Bohemian boutique is seen Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Conway, N.H. The sign now reads that Abigail Hernandez has been found. Hernandez disappeared Oct. 9, 2013 and Attorney General Joseph Foster said Abigail Hernandez was reunited with her family Sunday, July 20. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
FILE-Conway, N.H. police released this photo of 14-year-old Abigail Hernandez of North Conway, N.H. Thursday Oct. 10, 2013. Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young said missing teenager Abigail Hernandez wrote a letter to her mother Zenya Hernandez postmarked Oct. 23 and was received by her mother Nov. 6.(AP Photo/Conway Police department/FILE)
A billboard on the road to Conway, N.H., posts missing teen Abigail Hernandez, Tuesday July 22, 2014, in Conway, N.H. Hernandez disappeared Oct. 9, 2013 and Attorney General Joseph Foster said Abigail Hernandez was reunited with her family Sunday, July 20. So far, her return is cloaked in just as much mystery as her Oct. 9 disappearance.. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2013 file photo, tourists walk by an information booth in North Conway, N.H., bearing a poster of missing teenager Abigail Hernandez, 14, who disappeared on Oct. 9, 2013, after leaving school. New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster said Monday, July 21, 2014, that Abigail Hernandez was reunited with her family Sunday evening. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)
the mother of missing teen Abigail Hernandez, Zenya Hernandez, center, and her daughter, Sarah Hernandez listen as Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young speaks during a news conference Friday Dec. 6, 2013 in Concord, N.H. Young said the missing teenager wrote a letter to her mother Zenya postmarked Oct. 23 and was received by her mother Nov. 6. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young speaks during a news conference Friday Dec. 6, 2013 in Concord, N.H. Young said missing teenager Abigail Hernandez wrote a letter to her mother Zenya postmarked Oct. 23 and was received by her mother Nov. 6. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Zenya Hernandez, center, and her daughter, Sarah Hernandez look at Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young, during a news conference Friday Dec. 6, 2013 in Concord, N.H. Young said missing teenager Abigail Hernandez wrote a letter to her mother Zenya postmarked Oct. 23 and was received by her mother Nov. 6.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young speaks during a news conference Friday Dec. 6, 2013 in Concord, N.H. Young said missing teenager Abigail Hernandez wrote a letter to her mother Zenya postmarked Oct. 23 and was received by her mother Nov. 6. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
In this photo taken Friday Oct. 11, 2013 in North Conway, N.H., a conservation officer for the Fish and Game checks a map as they get ready to search the woods for 15-year-old Abigail Hernandez. Volunteers and joined Fish and Game officers and have searched thousands of acres of land looking for any clues how Hernandez disappeared. Nothing has been found as investigators try to find how Hernandez disappeared Wednesday Oct. 9 when she was last seen leaving school walking towards home. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)(AP Photo/Jim Cole)
New Hampshire Fish and Game personnel and volunteers take a break after searching the woods for 14-year-old Abigail Hernandez, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, in North Conway, N.H. Hernandez was last seen Wednesday afternoon leaving school. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
In this photo taken Wednesday Oct. 16, 2013 in North Conway, N.H., Gordon Clark, a train engineer for the Conway Scenic railroad, peers out of his window before taking tourists through the White Mountains. People in this tourist town in the mountains are left wondering what happened to missing teenager Abigail Hernandez. Nothing has been found as investigators try to find how Hernandez disappeared Wednesday Oct. 9 when she was last seen leaving school and walking towards home. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
In this Wednesday Oct. 16, 2013 photo, Rosemarie Madieros stands behind her register at the No. Conway 5-and-10 in North Conway, N.H. Madieros is one of many people in this tourist town in the mountains who are left wondering what happened to missing teenager Abigail Hernandez. Nothing has been found as investigators try to find how Hernandez disappeared Wednesday Oct. 9 when she was last seen leaving school and walking towards home.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)
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CONWAY, N.H. (AP) -- A 15-year-old New Hampshire girl who disappeared while on her way home from school nine months ago is safely home with her family, the state attorney general said Monday.

Abigail Hernandez was reunited with her family on Sunday evening, Attorney General Joseph Foster said.

Foster said the family has asked for privacy. He said Abigail's mother, Zenya Hernandez, told authorities "today we are the happiest people on earth."

Police said Abigail was last seen Oct. 9 after leaving Kennett High School in Conway. Police said she walked her normal route toward her house and sent several texts between 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. But she never made it home.

Police did reveal several months ago that she had written home to her mother. When the letter surfaced, FBI Special Agent In Charge Kieran Ramsey said there was the possibility that Abigail had run away but that someone could still be coercing her into staying away from home.

"The long and short of it is, quite honestly, we are just happy that she's home safe and sound right now," Ramsey said Monday. He declined to discuss specifics of the investigation.

In a brief statement, Foster said the criminal investigation in Abigail's disappearance will continue. Jane Young, chief of the attorney general's criminal bureau, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment Monday afternoon.

Community Celebrates Return of Abigail Hernandez

After Abigail disappeared, police initially said she made it home, but later said she hadn't. Police also at first said she made a call about 6:30 p.m. that day but later said that, too, was wrong.

After she vanished, police consistently said they have no evidence to suggest anything suspicious and were treating her disappearance as a missing-person's case.

The disappearance rattled the town of 2,300 residents in Mount Washington Valley, who were reminded of the still-unsolved killing of another young girl from rural New Hampshire three years ago: 11-year-old Celina Cass disappeared from her West Stewartstown home in July 2011, and her body was recovered a week later in the Connecticut River.

In Conway, rescuers fanned out for days over the heavily forested terrain that surrounds the townhouse where Hernandez lives with her mother. Police also searched by air, stopped traffic and handed out missing posters and used boats on the Saco River and Pudding Pond.

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