Home after 9 months, teen says she's improving

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Home after 9 months, teen says she's improving
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) - In her first public comments, the New Hampshire teenager who returned home nine months after she vanished on the way home from school told her local newspaper that she's "feeling a lot better every day."

Abigail Hernandez stopped by the Conway Daily Sun on Thursday to thank the newspaper for publicizing her disappearance. The Daily Sun ran a box everyday counting the number of days Abigail was missing and urging people to call police with information.

Abigail was 14 when she disappeared Oct. 9 on the way home from high school. Local, state and federal authorities launched a wide search, combing the rugged terrain around her home. Rewards were offered, traffic was stopped and billboards and missing posters went up throughout the region, but for nine months the only trace of Abigail was a single letter she wrote to her mother.

She came home July 20, but the circumstances of her return are so far just as murky as the details of her disappearance. On Monday, police charged 34-year-old Nathaniel Kibby with kidnapping her. They have not released any specifics about the investigation.

The Daily Sun described Abigail, now 15, as composed and relaxed during the visit that also included her mother and a family friend. The paper said she declined to discuss her disappearance, saying releasing details would compromise the investigation.

"Thank you guys, so, so much, I really appreciate it more than I could possibly put in words," she told the newspaper. "I'm taking it a little at a time but I'm feeling a lot better every day."

Her mother said it was hard to watch the number of days Abigail was missing increase in the newspaper's box, but that the publicity was reassuring.

"Abby saw that off and on," Zenya Hernandez told the paper. "She didn't see it every day. It gave her hope that people were looking. It was one of the first things she said to me when she returned home, is 'thank you to The Conway Daily Sun.'"

Abigail told the newspaper that she looks forward to going horseback riding and she and her mother both said they don't want to be treated as victims.

"I'd just like to be treated like a normal person," she said.

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