Judge rules Harmony Montgomery, missing 5-year-old N.H. girl, is legally dead

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CONCORD, N.H. — A judge has ruled that a 5-year-old New Hampshire woman missing since 2019 is legally dormant and her mother tin go administrator of her estate, conscionable weeks aft nan child’s father was convicted of sidesplitting her.

Crystal Sorey “has carried her load to demonstrate” that her daughter, Harmony Montgomery, was killed “as a consequence of immoderate catastrophic event” and that her assemblage has not been found, a probate judge said successful an bid made nationalist Tuesday, a time aft Sorey went to court.

Sorey is taking nan first steps successful mentation of a planned wrongful decease suit against nan authorities regarding Harmony Montgomery. Her lawyer told nan judge that Adam Montgomery’s second-degree execution conviction, positive his admittance of guilt to lesser charges that he moved his daughter’s assemblage astir for months afterward and falsified beingness evidence, was capable to consequence successful a ineligible decease declaration.

The lawyer besides said location was proceedings grounds from Adam Montgomery’s estranged wife, Kayla Montgomery, that “she had handled Harmony Montgomery’s lifeless body,” according to nan judge’s decision.

Sorey’s lawyer still has to supply a transcript of nan jury’s verdict and a probate surety enslaved that would guarantee Sorey would fulfill her duties nether nan rule arsenic administrator.

Adam Montgomery and Sorey were not successful a narration erstwhile their girl was calved successful 2014. Harmony Montgomery lived connected and disconnected pinch foster families and her mother until Sorey mislaid custody successful 2018. Montgomery was awarded custody successful early 2019, and Sorey testified she past saw her girl during a FaceTime telephone astir Easter of that year.

Senior Assistant New Hampshire Attorney General Benjamin Agati shows nan assemblage a photograph of nan suspect during closing arguments successful Adam Montgomery's proceedings connected Feb. 21, 2024, successful Manchester, N.H. Montgomery is accused of sidesplitting his 5-year-old girl Harmony, pictured astatine left.Senior Assistant N.H. Attorney General Benjamin Agati shows nan assemblage a photograph of nan suspect during closing arguments successful Adam Montgomery's proceedings connected Feb. 21 successful Manchester, N.H.Jim Davis / The Boston Globe via AP, Pool

When they were later questioned astir Harmony’s whereabouts, Adam and Kayla Montgomery told authorities that he had taken nan kid to unrecorded pinch Sorey.

Adam Montgomery, successful situation awaiting sentencing, chose not to be nan probate proceeding via Webex.

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