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Missing New Hampshire teen home after 9 months

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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lovelaurie July 21 2014 at 6:28 PM

Taxpayer dollars paid for efforts to get information and locate this girl. The community at large was on alert and feared for the safety of their own children. To that extent, since she has returned home, information of the circumstances of her disappearance should be disseminated so parents know how to insure the safety of their own children. The parents wanted the help in locating their daughter and they got it. Now, they should be generous enough to help allay the fear of those same people. If she ran away at her own will, that's all they need to say. But say something.

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Cynthia July 21 2014 at 5:48 PM

She was gone for nine months they say. Does that sound like a reason why she was gone?
No wonder they are not saying.

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scottee July 21 2014 at 8:18 PM

they had the whole state and community involved and now they ask for privacy?

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Hot Rod July 21 2014 at 5:57 PM

that's enough time for a baby!

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liquidwallpaper July 21 2014 at 5:45 PM

Where the heck was this girl and why she stayed away are answers the police deserve to have. If she just ran away the family should be charged for the police search they had to perform after her disappearance. Otherwise other kids will think its ok to do the same thing.

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judylbo July 21 2014 at 6:49 PM

Well, now I know where to go when I want to hang out with losers. Can a group of people get any more pathetic than this group here? No gratitude that the young girl was found safe. Just a lot of nasty, snarky conjecture. You're all pathetic.

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vietnamvet1967 July 21 2014 at 6:18 PM

can we say Shacked up with Older man

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KURT vietnamvet1967 July 21 2014 at 6:31 PM

yes. And have a little pepito

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msharvie July 21 2014 at 5:43 PM

Teenagers have no concept of the grief they can cause, nor the danger they can place themselves in. She's alive and that's all that counts for the family now.

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CAMERON msharvie July 21 2014 at 6:52 PM

Yes. Home safe with her family.

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mmpenfield50 msharvie July 22 2014 at 11:12 AM

These are the actions of a normal 15 year old but not the 9 months away. Rebels without a cause just that they have the right to be happy. Maybe there was a baby had but I feel the family aka the mother should be held responsible for the cost accrued for the search and then she can make the daughter work it off for payment of a selfish but common act of a 15 year old.

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josephgorey July 21 2014 at 5:53 PM

Why are they so closed mouthed? I think we can all figure it out.

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Mary josephgorey July 21 2014 at 9:58 PM

I think the young girl got prego in no one dums miss lady but your self what if she left the baby for dead or gave it to soncho no one know tell the fat lady sing so with that being said glad she safe but a lot of tax payers dollars went out for this lil girl disappearing act lol think we desearve answer ...

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Sheila Mary July 22 2014 at 12:40 AM

What in the world are you trying to say????

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Bob B Mary July 22 2014 at 12:11 PM

Press #1 for English

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Blue42 July 21 2014 at 5:52 PM

Gone for 9 months and no details huh. Im sure we will here something soon enough.

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