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$20k reward offered to help find Abigail; police say she may not have made it home
Carroll County Nursing Home resident Susan Strauch, at left, and social worker Lisa Howard show ribbons made by Strauch to help in the search for Abigail Hernandez.
Senior Associate Attorney General Jane Young echoed Ramsey's comments.
Hernandez was last seen leaving Kennett High School at about 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9. Investigators said they have no information suggesting that she made it home that day. Initial reports that she had reached home were based on bad information, Young said.
But the investigation has not slowed down and will not slow down "in the foreseeable future," Ramsey said.
"Do we have her last location? No. Do we have a suspect in relation to her case? No. But we have a long checklist of things to do, and we have made significant progress on that checklist, and we have gathered some significant information."
"We have here a 15-year-old who had a very active presence on social media, and that activity has gone totally dark," he said.
The last time she was heard from, authorities said, was when a boy identified by family members as Hernandez' boyfriend, Jimmy Campbell, received a text from her at 2:53 p.m. Investigators on Wednesday asked area residents and businesses to help find the girl's cell phone, a white iPhone in a pink case, which last made contact with a cell tower on Cranmore Mountain at 3:07 p.m. Oct 9.
"Was the phone powered off, or did the battery die, we're not sure," Ramsey said.
More searches were conducted Thursday, and there was a scaled-down version of Wednesday's police roadblock traffic stops on the North-South Road, with officers stopping a few cars along the road to ask drivers if they had seen anything involving the girl that Wednesday.
The community, meanwhile, has come together to help find Hernandez and her family. That includes the "extended community" of Ossipee, where a resident of the county nursing home, the Mountain View Community, has made more than 300 yellow ribbons that say "Abby" on them and is giving them out, accepting donations.
"Our hope is that, given everything that family has had to deal with, Zanya doesn't have to worry about finances," he said. "We want to allow Zanya to have the choice when and how to return to work, so she doesn't have to make that decision out of financial need."
"We're not giving up hope. Abby, we miss you," she said. "Stay strong, do not give up."
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