Man charged with kidnapping in NH teen's case

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Man charged with kidnapping in NH teen's case
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 34-year-old man was arrested and charged Monday with kidnapping a New Hampshire teenage girl who returned home recently after vanishing nine months ago.

Authorities said Nathaniel Kibby was arrested without incident at his Gorham home and was charged with felony kidnapping.

Police allege Kibby knowingly confined Abigail "Abby" Hernandez, then 14, on Oct. 9, sometime after she left Conway High School for her home.

Kibby was scheduled for arraignment Tuesday at Conway District Court. It was not immediately known if Kibby has a lawyer. Attorney General Joseph Foster said he will have a press briefing after the arraignment.

Mother Says Teen's 9-Month Disappearance Wasn't Due To Pregnancy

Abby returned to her home sometime the night of July 20. Authorities have not explained the circumstances of her return.

Abby's mother said in a television interview that rumors that the girl, now 15, was pregnant aren't true. Zenya Hernandez told NBC's "Today" that many people think her daughter was pregnant, but she was not.

She also said she believes Abby did not run away and didn't know the man believed to have driven off with her. Police released a sketch of him last week based on Abby's description.

Abby also issued a statement thanking people who searched for her and saying she believes their hopes and prayers "played a major role in my release."

Her mother said when Abby returned home, she was thin and pale and had "a look in her eyes I've never, ever seen before. And that's something that's haunting me, and I think will haunt me for the rest of my life."

Attorney General Joseph Foster said when the girl disappeared she apparently had no way to get about or secure food, shelter or other necessities on her own.

Townspeople who searched and prayed that she would return are relieved, but also are looking for answers about where she's been and how she got home.

"I feel like they just ripped something out of our souls," Zenya Hernandez said. "And just as I swore that I'll find her, I'll find the person, I'll find out what happened."


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