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AG: Arrest made in Abigail Hernandez’s disappearance

N.H. Attorney General’s press release:

New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph A. Foster, New Hampshire State Police Colonel Robert L. Quinn, Conway Police Chief Edward Wagner, FBI Supervisory Senior Resident Agent-in-Charge William Scott O’Donnell, and Carroll County Attorney Robin Gordon announce that an arrest has been made in the Abigail Hernandez kidnapping case. ...

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N.H. Attorney General’s press release:

New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph A. Foster, New Hampshire State Police Colonel Robert L. Quinn, Conway Police Chief Edward Wagner, FBI Supervisory Senior Resident Agent-in-Charge William Scott O’Donnell, and Carroll County Attorney Robin Gordon announce that an arrest has been made in the Abigail Hernandez kidnapping case.

Nathaniel E. Kibby (age 34) of 4 Brookside Drive, Gorham, New Hampshire, has been arrested and charged with one count of felony kidnapping for knowingly confinig Abigail Hernandez on October 9, 2013, in Conway, New Hampshire, with a purpose to commit an offense against her.

The arrest was made at about 12:04 p.m., today without incident at Kibby’s residence in Gorham.

Over the course of the past week, law enforcement officers have worked around the clock to ascertain the facts and circumstances surrounding Abigail’s disappearance and return. Abigail Hernandez provided the police with details of her kidnapping sufficient to warrant today’s arrest.

Kibby will be arraigned tomorrow at 1:00 p.m., at the 3rd Circuit, District Division, Conway District Court, in Conway, New Hampshire. A press briefing will be held at the Conway Police Department after that arraignment. No further information will be released until the arraignment in Court tomorrow.

Anyone with information regarding Nathaniel E. Kibby and any activity at his residence since October 9, 2013, is urged to contact the State Police at 603-271-3636 or the Conway Police at 603-356-5715.

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Previously:

Mother of Abigail Hernandez says Abby isn’t pregnant

NORTH CONWAY (AP) — The mother of a 15-year-old New Hampshire girl reunited with her family nine months after she vanished says rumors that she was pregnant aren’t true.

Investigators have been trying to find out how and why Abigail Hernandez of North Conway disappeared after leaving her high school on Oct. 9 and who may have helped conceal her. She returned home July 20.

Zenya Hernandez tells NBC’s “Today” that many people think her daughter was pregnant, but she was not. She also says she believes Abby did not run away and didn’t know the man believed to have driven off with her. Police released a sketch of him based on Abby’s description.

Abby issued a statement thanking people who searched for her and saying she believes their hopes and prayers “played a major role in my release.”

Her mother said when Abby returned home, she was thin and pale and had “a look in her eyes I’ve never, ever seen before. And that’s something that’s haunting me, and I think will haunt me for the rest of my life.”

Attorney General Joseph Foster said Abigail was 14 when she disappeared and apparently had no way to get about or secure food, shelter or other necessities on her own.

Townspeople who searched and prayed that she would return are relieved, but also are looking for answers about where she’s been and how she got home.

“I feel like they just ripped something out of our souls,” Zenya Hernandez said. “And just as I swore that I’ll find her, I’ll find the person, I’ll find out what happened.”