'Good Morning America' viewers see how much people care about missing Abigail Hernandez
CONWAY — Mary Ann Logsdon has never met Abigail Hernandez. And as an Alton resident, she doesn't have much in common geographically with the people of Conway.
But last Friday morning, she was standing on the streets of New York, outside the studios of Good Morning America, holding a sign that asked the question, "Where's Abigail Hernandez?" Logsdon has joined in earnest the search for Hernandez, 15, who has been missing since Oct. 9. She was last seen walking home from Kennet High School in Conway. Since her disappearance, she has been the subject of a massive search by law enforcement agencies and thousands of volunteers, most of whom communicate via Facebook.
Logsdon heard about Abigail from reading a post on a friend's Facebook page.
"I just got really interested in the case," she said.
As a mother helpng to raise three boys, Logdson, 43, felt a special bond to Zenya Hernandez, Abigail's mother.
"I feel so much for Zenya, because I don't think kids should just vanish coming home from school," she said. "As a parent, it's about the worst possible thing that could happen."
Logsdon's husband, Lt. Col. John Logsdon of the New Hampshire Army National Guard, had a conference in New York City last week, so they decided to make the sign and display it in the city, in keeping with the volunteer search effort's urging of people to show Abigail's sign in as many places across the country as possible.
"My husband told me we'd be going to New York City but we had a few days," she said. "I think she's alive out there somewhere, so I suggested we do this."
They decided they wanted to get the sign on ABC's "Good Morning America," and to do so Logsdon had to be outside the show's studios by 6:30 a.m. Logdson was one of the last ones allowed into the roped-off area for viewers and fans of the show. When the camera panned to the audience, their sign went out across America on the airwaves.
They knew that Zenya Hernandez had been on "Good Morning America" telling her story on Monday, a few days earlier, but that didn't stop them.
"We wanted Zenya Hernandez to know that many people are looking for Abby, that there are thousands of people on Facebook making every effort that they can to help her find Abby," she said.
"We hope that Abby comes home for Christmas because her mother loves her, misses her, and is hoping for miracles this holiday season."
The search, which is entering its 10th week, has still not yielded any firm direction for authorities to pursue, but the law enforcement "continues to be very active" in the case, said the FBI's Kieran Ramsey.
Authorities seemed to have made progress in the case when they announced that a letter had been sent from Abby to her mother in the weeks after she disappeared, but authorities said they still don't know where she is, or if she is alive, and they are concerned for her safety. They will not say from where the letter was postmarked.
Meanwhile, the volunteer efforts continue. A strongly worded post Sunday on the Bring Abby Home Facebook page by one of the head volunteers, Amanda Smith, has had 144,000 views, a record for the volunteer efforts.
Her post urged volunteers to "be extra vigilant, wherever you live. Look at your neighbors, church members, people at the stores.
Anyone with a young girl, fitting Abby's description, needs to be reported immediately! Look for changes in behaviors of people you know. Someone may be acting extra paranoid, nervous, scared. Maybe even cocky, thinking they're getting away with holding Abby."
There is a $20,000 reward offered by law enforcement for information leading to her return home. Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI.