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Missing Conway girl's mother not giving up hope

Union Leader Correspondent

July 10. 2014 8:09PM


CONWAY — On Zenya Hernandez’s Facebook page Wednesday was a picture of four blocks with the letters “H-O-P-E” on them.

Her daughter, Abigail, 15, disappeared on Oct. 9. Wednesday marked nine months since Abigail’s last sighting as she walked in the direction of her home from Kennett High School, where she was a freshman.

“I miss her so much,” Zenya Hernandez said Thursday. “I am sending Abby a message of hope and to stay strong. We love Abby, and miss her beyond what words can describe.”

Law enforcement, who report no new leads in the case, have expressed great worry about Abigail’s whereabouts. They haven’t disclosed the details of a letter from Abigail to her mother a few weeks after her disappearance, but have said they fear she is being detained against her will.

Her mother is not giving up the search.

“We are not giving up hope. Abby always stayed in touch and didn’t want us to worry. We pray that we see her again,” Zenya Hernandez said.

“Hope waxes and wanes, and sometimes it’s almost gone, and sometimes, we have surges of hope. Before my birthday, I had a surge of hope, but then, it died off. We are not giving up. We just want to see Abby again.”

On the Bring Abby Home Facebook page, a somber daily message has been posted each day since she disappeared. The posts are made by volunteers who also say they will not give up hope.

“Day 275. Today marks 9 months since Abby vanished from North Conway, N.H. Last seen leaving Kennett High School on foot. Abby is 5-foot-4, 118 pounds, long brown hair and brown eyes.

“Her last text message was a “heart” and by 3:07 p.m., ALL communication stopped … Asking everyone 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!”

There is a $60,000 reward being offered for information leading to her discovery. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI.

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