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Missing Conway Teen Wrote Letter to Mother

Investigators: Residents should see if Abigail Hernandez lives in their community; urge teen to contact mother again.

Associate Attorney General Jane Young talks about the Abigail Hernandez case at the NH DOJ on Dec. 6, 2013. Credit: Tony Schinella
Associate Attorney General Jane Young talks about the Abigail Hernandez case at the NH DOJ on Dec. 6, 2013. Credit: Tony Schinella


State and federal officials held a press conference on Dec. 6, to update the public on the case of Abigail Hernandez, of Conway, a 15-year-old girl who has been missing from North Conway since Oct. 9.

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According to officials, Zenya Hernandez, the girl’s mother, received a letter from her daughter on Nov. 6, that was mailed in late October.

Jane Young, associate Attorney General of New Hampshire, said that investigators haven’t discussed the letter because they wanted to ensure that it was legitimate contact and not fraudulent. She said that investigators also feared that phony copycat letters could be received by police.

Officials refused to discuss the contents of the letter, where it was postmarked, or any other information about the communication, just the date of the letter, when it was mailed, and received by the mother.

Young also asked the public to look around in their communities to see if a new family had moved into their neighborhoods with a girl who looks like Abigail Hernandez. She also urged the teen to reach out to her mother, aunt, or law enforcement agents to make sure that she was OK.

“We have grave concerns for Abby’s safety, based on everything you’ve heard here today, given her age, the fact that she has no financial means or support,” Young said.  

Conway Police Chief Edward Wagner said investigators, volunteers, and members of the had done “everything they possible can” to make sure that Abigail Hernandez returned home safely but wouldn’t classify the case as an abduction or runaway case, even though it was consistent with both.

Wagner said during the last few weeks, they’ve been able to put together “a public life … a private life of who Abby was or is, and who Abby’s family is. We’re taking nothing off the table.”

The letter, he said, had given investigators “hope,” but they now fear for her safety and worry that someone may be manipulating her. 

According to investigators, Hernandez was last seen leaving Kennett High School, walking towards her home. She made several text messages between 2:30 and 3 p.m. but never made it home.

Her parents have written letters to her online, asking her to let them know that she is OK. The FBI has offered a $20,000 reward for information about Hernandez. 

For more information about the case visit Bring Abby Home and Missing Help Find Abigail Hernandez

Voice of Reason December 06, 2013 at 12:10 PM
Authorities are asking for the public's help in locating this girl but won't tell us what general area she was in on Oct. 23? They waited two weeks to disclose news of the letter. That makes me believe she is on the run, so to speak, and was, perhaps, passing through the town where the letter to her mother was postmarked.
Tony Schinella (Editor) December 06, 2013 at 12:17 PM
Actually, it's been a month since the date when the mother received the letter and police disclosed it. The postmark thing is puzzling to me too but I wasn't able to ask the question. At least give people a state or region.
Jvstin Foster December 06, 2013 at 02:41 PM
I'd assume since they asked to be on the look out for a new family in the neighborhood that the letter came from a nh location. If you think the police haven't checked the postmark location and surrounding areas; I can't imagine what you do think. Most police agencies don't release evidence like this so they can follow leads without the media or population infringing on the investigation.
paula December 06, 2013 at 05:09 PM
Where's a PICTURE???? How the HELL?? DUH! Good job, Tony
karenrice December 06, 2013 at 07:21 PM
it's Zenya, not Zendra
Tony Schinella (Editor) December 06, 2013 at 07:52 PM
Thanks Karen.
Tony Schinella (Editor) December 06, 2013 at 07:53 PM
Paula: There are pictures on the sites.
Cindy Halpern December 08, 2013 at 08:57 AM
Is the letter written by her? And the police don't know when the letter was written, only when it was mailed and received. It could have been written previously. Sorry to say, it doesn't prove she is alive now. Hopefully, she will be found alive and in time to save her. But, this letter shouldn't raise false hope.
mm3264 December 08, 2013 at 01:17 PM
I hope it's written by the girl and not Fox News, their owners have a track record of giving false hope to parents of missing children to sell more papers.
Tony Schinella (Editor) December 08, 2013 at 02:05 PM
@Cindy: The letter is presumed to be written by her based on analysis and what was written in the letter. It was dated Oct. 22, mailed/postmarked on Oct. 23, and received by the mother on Nov. 6.
Southpaw December 20, 2013 at 11:50 AM
I find it hard to believe a girl would run away and then write a letter to her mother. Is it the girl's handwriting, or does the mother just want to believe it's her daughter writing to her? And any child who would run away and do that to her mother or father, is a disrespectful a-hole with no conscience (like a lot of kids today; they care about no one but themselves).

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