A 34-year-old New Hampshire man was charged Monday for the kidnapping of 15-year-old Abigail “Abby” Hernandez over nine months ago.
Authorities believe that Nathaniel Kibby abducted Hernandez on October 9, as she left Kennett High School in Conway. Kibby was arrested in Gorman without incident, roughly 30 miles north of where Hernandez lives.
Hernandez returned home out of the blue on July 20, and at that time, the FBI issued a statement – “We’re just happy to see her home safe and sound, but we still want to understand how this came about and learn more about the circumstance.”
Details are still vague concerning Hernandez’ confinement, but sources close to the case revealed that Kibby held the teen in a storage container on his trailer park lot. Kibby was in court today and was so far charged with felony kidnapping. His bail was set at $1 million, cash only.
— WMUR TV (@WMUR9) July 29, 2014
Kibby has an extensive rap sheet, and was charged with criminal trespassing and assault in March. Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young refused to unseal affidavits outlining the current case against Kibby, to the dismay of public defender Jesse Friedman. Young commented, “There are searches being conducted at the defendant’s house,” and explained that the investigation against Kibby is still in a preliminary stage.
Abigail’s mother, Zenya Hernandez, revealed that when her daughter returned home, she was gaunt 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.”
Kibby's attorney wants affidavit to be unsealed. NH AG objects. Kibby charged w/kidnapping Abby Hernandez, shown here pic.twitter.com/qWbDTaGi0z
— amy sinclair (@AmyNECN) July 29, 2014
FBI Agent Kieran Ramsey remarked, “Her courage, her resolve to return home in the way she did, I think, speaks for itself.”
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