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May 08. 2014 10:03PM

Mother boosts reward for Abigail's return by $10,000


Abigail Hernandez and a friend in what her mother said is the last photo taken of her daughter before she disappeared Oct. 9. (COURTESY ZENYA HERNANDEZ)

CONWAY – The mother of Abigail Hernandez, the 15-year-old Kennett High School freshman who has been missing since Oct. 9, is now offering $10,000 of her own money for information leading to her daughter's return.

Zenya Hernandez said she decided to add the additional reward money – the FBI has a $20,000 reward offered – to create a greater reward for someone who can bring her daughter home.

She also released an email address, zenyanh@gmail.com, a standard mail address (P.O. Box 718, Glen, NH 03838) and her phone number, 603-733-5195. She also released what she said is “the last photo taken of Abby” taken at school, three hours before she was last seen.

“It's been seven months. Abby is not here, but she is somewhere. We need someone to come forward and help us find her,” Hernandez said.

The $10,000 reward is specifically “for information leading to the safe return of Abigail to her home. This information must be concrete, specific, actionable, and lead to Abby's return home,” she said.

“There is somebody who has some knowledge or a hint, but thinks that it's not significant, or who is afraid or hesitant to come forward. All tips, leads, and clues are anonymously followed up on, no matter how vague or insignificant.”

“One of these leads/tips can, and will lead to Abby's coming home, and then $10,000 will be paid by her mom, in addition to the $20,000 offered by the FBI,” she said in a news released.

Law enforcement officers have been investigating the missing person case, and have said they fear for Abigail's safety. She was last seen walking away from school shortly after 2:30 p.m.

“We don't believe that Abby ran away, and that she would be able to survive on her own for this long,” Hernandez said. “We don't know if Abby is alive at this time, or if she is safe. She has never run away before. There were no indications that she planned to run away.”

“When we say ‘Abby Come Home,' we mean that we welcome Abby unconditionally and with open arms. However, we do not assume that Abby has the ability to come and go on her own free will.”

“We ask that nothing is assumed at this time, but that people out there remain vigilant. We hope that somebody recognizes Abby, or that somebody knows something about her whereabouts, or who she is with.

Hernandez also made reference to a letter she received from her daughter a few weeks after she disappeared. The letter's contents have not been disclosed, but authorities believe it is authentic.

“Regarding the letter and its contents – the best in law enforcement worked on it, and we still do not know where Abby is, or what happened to her. The only thing that I can assume, is that Abby was alive at the time when the letter was composed.”

dseufert@newstote.com

It's been seven months,"


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