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In search for Abigail, 'time is of the essence'
Ramsey, an FBI agent assigned to the Boston field office who is leading the bureau's part of the search for Abigail Hernandez, saw Senior Associate Attorney General Jane Young, many senior state police and New Hampshire Fish and Game officers whom he has worked with on child-abduction cases. They are part of a team of about 100 law enforcement agents, including 35 or so FBI agents, trying to find Abigail, 15, last seen Oct. 9.
There is no evidence to suggest she was abducted or ran away, Ramsey said.
"What makes it especially tough is many of us in this room are parents, too, and we know time is of the essence," Ramsey said.
The FBI has more than 200 officers in northern New England that "slide" to various cases at any one time.
Many missing-person cases, especially those involving adults, can be handled by local police, but a larger presence is needed when a child is involved, said Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffery Strelzin.
"The younger a missing child is, the less likely it is that they could take care of themselves," Strelzin said. "If you have a 14- or 15-year-old child, she is not old enough to have a driver's license, she has no financial means to take care of herself, it's very concerning, and time is of the essence, so that will draw a big response."
"There's a lot to do, they have to go back over weeks and months of everything she did, and see what was going on in her life, who was she friends with, did she make any new friends, did anybody see her with somebody new. It's very involved, and it takes time."
Barry says Abigail's family and friends should remain hopeful. He investigated six missing children in his career, and all six were found, alive and well, within weeks or months of their disappearance.
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