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May 18. 2014 6:09PM

Reward for Abigail Hernandez upped to $60,000 in Conway


A poster for missing teen Abigail Hernandez. COURTESY 

CONWAY — Two weeks after Zenya Hernandez upped the reward for information leading to her daughter’s return using her own money, her ex-husband has added $30,000 from his pocket to the reward offer.

Thanks to Ruben Hernandez of Bartlett, the father of missing 15-year-old Kennett High School freshman Abigail Hernandez, the total reward being offered is now $60,000.

The FBI offered $20,000 shortly after Abigail disappeared on Oct. 9. Zenya Hernandez added $10,000 to the reward on May 8.

Abigail disappeared on Oct. 9, having been last seen by friends as she walked home from school at about 2:30 p.m.

Ruben Hernandez said Friday he would gladly pay the cash for information that leads to his daughter’s return.

“If I could, I would have added $30 million,” he said. “Abby has been gone way too long, and I will do whatever it takes to bring her home.”

Hernandez said he was motivated by something Senior Associate Attorney Jane Young said on Oct. 17.

“I agree with (Young) when she said ’sometimes money is a motivator.’ I am very grateful to Zenya and to the FBI for offering their respective rewards, and I agree with the motivation approach.”

Law enforcement officials have said they are very concerned about Abigail’s welfare. Since her disappearance, she made one attempt at contacting her mother, sending her a letter in October. Authorities, who have not made public the contents of the letter, said they fear for her safety, as someone may be holding her. Family and friends say she is not a runaway.

Zenya Hernandez said despite more than seven months of Abigail’s absence, she has not lost hope.

“We’ve come to realize that along with love and courage, hope can speak louder than fear,” she said Sunday.

“We want Abby to know that we love her, and miss her beyond belief. We will continue to search for her, for as long as it takes. We ask everybody to please remain vigilant.”

And the local volunteers who have been helping with the search since the first week of Abigail’s disappearance have not slowed their efforts on social media to find her. Their Facebook page, Bring Abby Home, has 9,200 followers. The average post reaches 56,000 people, and each post averages 200-500 shares, according to volunteer Amanda Smith.

“We really miss Abby. We love her more than anything and just want her home. We will never give up looking for her. We will always have hope,” Smith said.

Anyone with any information, please call Conway police at 356-5715, the New Hampshire State Police, or the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI.

dseufert@newstote.com


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