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Officers noticed lacking 5-year-old in Sept 2019’: Police chief on Harmony Montgomery case

Adam Montgomery instructed a pal that he had “effed up” shortly earlier than disposing of his five-year-old daughter’s physique, his homicide trial in Manchester, New Hampshire heard.

Mr Montgomery’s trial is beneath far more than 4 years after Harmony was final seen alive in 2019.

Authorities didn’t seek for the lacking youngster – who was recognized to protecting companies – for greater than two years after she went lacking.

In 2022, Mr Montgomery was charged with second-degree homicide, abuse of a corpse and falsifying bodily proof.

Kayla Montgomery instructed police that her husband struck the Harmony a number of occasions after she had a rest room accident.

The little woman’s stays have been hidden in a ceiling vent at a shelter the place the household stayed after her loss of life. Montgomery snuck the stays into his office freezer, earlier than disposing of them in March 2020.

Travis Beach, the pal who helped Montgomery hire a van he later used to get rid of his daughter’s stays, took the stand on Friday.

“He was pacing back and forth. He said he effed up,” Mr Beach instructed jurors. “I asked him what he meant and all he could say was he effed up.”

Harmony’s stays have by no means been discovered.

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Adam Montgomery claimed he ‘missed’ daughter after allegedly beating her to loss of life

Tarah Hilbert, the constructing supervisor on the Union Street house the place Montgomery, his estranged spouse Kayla Montgomery and their two toddler sons lived after Harmony was killed, took the stand on Friday.

Ms Hilbert instructed jurors that she befriended the Montgomerys six months after they moved to the constructing advanced in 2020, and sometimes frolicked with Kayla and the boys.

She then recounted a dialog wherein Montgomery instructed her he had a daughter who lived together with her mom in Lowell, Massachusetts.

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Adam Montgomery accused of shopping for $400 in gear to destroy Harmony’s physique

The state’s case has largely hinged on testimony by Montgomery’s estranged spouse, in addition to DNA proof of the horrific methods wherein he labored to crush, scale back and get rid of Harmony’s stays.

On Thursday, jurors heard a few February 2020 $400 buy of limestone, a metal-cutting diamond blade, a lithium-ion battery and an influence grinder.

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Harmony Montgomery’s father posted ‘loving’ social media publish two years earlier than allegedly punching her to loss of life

In a 2017 Facebook publish, Montgomery posted an image of himself and Harmony wherein the little woman appeared comfortable as she jumped on a trampoline.

“My beautiful baby girl I love you soooooooooooo much,” he wrote.

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Adam Montgomery used quicklime to dissolve physique in bathtub

Montgomery started discussing methods to get rid of Harmony’s physique in March 2020, after he and Kayla Montgomery moved to an house on Union Street with their kids.

“He discussed using a saw to cut her up. He discussed using lime to further decompose her so she couldn’t be found,” the prosecution stated throughout opening statements. “Remember, he believed that if there was no body there could be no evidence and he could get away with this.”

The state stated that he compressed the sealed bag with Harmony’s stays and added quicklime to the bag.

“Thinking that it would eat away anything left of her,” the prosecution stated. “He spent most of the day in that bathroom compressing Harmony.”

According to the prosecution, Montgomery took Harmony’s frozen stays and put them within the tub, working sizzling water to additional manipulate what was left of the physique. Kayla Montgomery then walked inside the toilet and allegedly noticed Montgomery.

She noticed that Harmony was largely pores and skin, bones and fluid – and that Mr Montgomery was making an attempt to get rid of her stays down the drain, the prosecution stated.

Andrea Blanco19 February 2024 02:00

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Montgomery took daughter’s rotting stays to work with him

After neighbours started to complain concerning the odor, Montgomery reportedly introduced the bag with Harmony’s stays to work with him daily.

At the time, he labored as a prepare dinner and dishwasher on the since-closed Portland Pie Company.

“[The bag] stood out to people, because he placed it in the freezer during his shifts,” a prosecutor stated. “He brought it with him regularly to work and he stored it in a freezer where the company kept food, and ingredients. People saw him bringing that in and out. They couldn’t have imagined what that bag contained.”

Andrea Blanco18 February 2024 23:00

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Adam Montgomery’s fingerprints discovered subsequent to Harmony’s blood

After Harmony was killed on 7 December 2019, her father, stepmother Kayla Montgomery, and the couple’s two toddler kids moved in with Kayla’s mom. At that point, Montgomery reportedly stored Harmony’s stays inside a crimson freezer with a white lid.

The household later moved to a shelter, the place Montgomery then hid Harmony’s physique inside a ceiling vent.

“He compressed and contorted her body into this bag,” the prosecution stated whereas exhibiting a medium-sized tote bag.

The state stated that when investigators returned to the room two years later, they noticed deep blood stains within the ceiling vent and smelled decomposition.

“And surrounding Harmony’s blood, all that was left of her …. the defendant’s fingerprints and palm prints, froze in there for a time,” the prosecution stated.

Andrea Blanco18 February 2024 20:00

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Adam Montgomery’s drug seller insists he ‘wants to help find who killed Harmony’

Anthony Bodero, the pal that Kayla and Adam Montgomery visited on the day that Harmony died, took the stand on Tuesday.

Montgomery is standing trial on homicide expenses after conceding to 2 expenses of abuse of a corpse and falsifying info in connection along with his daughter’s December 2019 loss of life.

Andrea Blanco18 February 2024 17:00

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Adam Montgomery pins blame for Harmony’s homicide on ex-wife in dramatic opening assertion

Montgomery’s lawyer gave a dramatic preview of the road of defence they are going to be pursuing all through the trial. During the opening assertion, legal professional James Brooks claimed that it was Kayla Montgomery, his shopper’s estranged spouse and Harmony’s stepmother, who final noticed the little woman alive.

Mr Brooks went on to say that Kayla Montgomery had created an internet of lies to place the blame on her husband and that Adam Montgomery had merely agreed to destroy proof to “protect” his spouse and hold custody of their younger kids.

Andrea Blanco18 February 2024 14:00

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Montgomery mentioned utilizing NutriBullet to additional scale back stays

Kayla alleged that Montgomery mentioned utilizing a handsaw and a NutriBullet to destroy Harmony’s rotting stays. Montgomery spent hours inside the toilet “dethawing” Harmony’s frozen stays, slicing the garments off the physique, and working sizzling water onto what remained of the little woman, she stated.

“He wanted to use a handsaw and a NutriBullet,” Kayla instructed the courtroom. “He said that’d be good to use to help get rid of her … I saw Harmony folded together the same way she was when we took her out of the car. She looked like she had barely any skin, just skin and bones and was very bruised. He had the hot water running … in the tub.”

Andrea Blanco18 February 2024 11:00

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Montgomerys used SNAP advantages to pay for medicine

The Montgomerys’ seller took meals stamps as a type of fee for medicine.

As a consequence, Kayla Montgomery stated, the entire household discovered themselves having to eat child meals.

“Who was eating baby food while you were living in that car?” the prosecutor requested.

“All of us,” Kayla Montgomery stated as she broke down in tears. “Myself, and the boys and Harmony.”

Andrea Blanco18 February 2024 08:00

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