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November 07. 2013 8:03PM

Abigail's disappearance nears one-month mark


One of seven photos that vigil organizers asked Facebook users to post with their messages Sunday night. (COURTESY)

CONWAY — It has now been a month since Abigail Hernandez sent her last text message, a heart symbol, to her boyfriend as she walked home from school.

The 15-year-old Kennett High School freshman, known for her cheery personality, love of her pink iPhone, and heavy presence on Facebook, has not been seen or heard from since just before 3 p.m. Oct. 9. Her phone has stopped working; her Facebook page is idle.

After 30 days of an intense law enforcement search, which included as many as 100 FBI agents and scores of state police and fish and game officers along with town police, there is little to report, said FBI Agent Kieran Ramsey, who has been leading the FBI's side of the investigation.

There have been more than 1,000 tips, and investigators are asking for more because there are no hard leads, and no suspects.

"Nothing new," Ramsey said. "Believe me, we'd come right out and tell everyone if we had something to report." Investigators and volunteers are not giving up.

"We still have a very active investigation ongoing, even today," Ramsey said late Thursday afternoon.

"Our biggest hope is that she surfaces somewhere and she is reunited with her family. That is our goal, to bring her home to her family," he said.

Last Sunday night, more than 3,200 Facebook users joined an online vigil for Abigail, posting her photo and information on their profile pages. The organizer of that event, Paul Kirsch, will use the Abigail search website, www.bringabbyhome.com, to ask those who participated to join another event.

"I'm asking people to make sure that they post once about Abby on Saturday afternoon to acknowledge the one-month anniversary of her disappearance," Kirsch said.

Family members want Abby home.

"These are difficult times, but we have faith and hope,” Zenya Hernandez, Abigail’s mother, said.

Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI or the Conway Police at (603) 356-5715.

dseufert@newstote.com


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