Harmony Montgomery went missing in 2019.
Adam Montgomery is charged with his 5-year-old daughter’s murder.
The little girl has never been found.
Authorities believe Montgomery used lime and other tools to conceal the body.
(NewsReady.com) – The case of missing 5-year-old Harmony Montgomery gripped the nation during the national health crisis. The child was last seen between November and December 2019 but wasn’t reported missing until 2021, two years later. The case made national headlines when law enforcement began searching for the child’s father, Adam Montgomery.
Police eventually charged Montgomery with murder. Now, his legal team wants to hide information from the jury.
Legal Team Tries to Hide Purchases
Montgomery is accused of murdering his daughter by repeatedly punching her in the head. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. The defendant’s attorneys, James Brooks and Caroline Smith, have asked the court to block the prosecution from presenting evidence about purchases he made at Home Depot in 2020.
According to the Union Leader, Montgomery’s attorneys don’t want the jury to hear about his purchase of 80 pounds of lime, a power grinder, and a diamond blade. Kayla Montgomery told authorities the lime was used to “tamper with” the little girl’s remains.
The defense attorneys claim there’s “no evidence” to connect the purchases to the Montgomerys.
The Case that Shocked the Nation
In September 2021, someone close to Harmony’s mother, Crystal Sorey, contacted the New Hampshire Division of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) and reported that the mother had not seen the little girl since 2019. The agency, which had previously investigated Montgomery for abuse, confirmed the child had not been registered for school in Manchester. Authorities began trying to find the child and her father.
In December 2021, detectives found Montgomery and his girlfriend living in a car. Harmony was nowhere to be found. The father refused to provide information about where his daughter was, and police began a nationwide search for the child. In January 2022, the FBI joined the case and searched the home where Montgomery, his wife, Kayla Montgomery, and Harmony used to live.
On the same day as the search, officers arrested Mongomery and charged him with endangering the welfare of a child, second-degree assault, and interference with custody. Kayla Montgomery was arrested days later and charged with felony wire fraud, but it was later dropped, and she was charged with theft. In April 2022, Montgomery was arrested again and charged with multiple felonies.
In August 2022, New Hampshire Attorney General John Formella said Harmony was likely killed in December 2019. A couple of months later, in October 2022, Montgomery was charged with second-degree murder for allegedly killing his daughter after Kayla Montgomery told authorities details about the crime.
Harmony’s body has not been found.
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