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Authorities say Conway teen unlikely to have run away

Union Leader Correspondent

October 24. 2013 9:20PM


CONWAY - As the search for 15-year-old Abigail Hernandez continues into its third week, authorities say it is "less likely" that Hernandez ran away from home.

FBI Agent Kieran Ramsey said the investigation into the Oct. 9 disappearance of Hernandez has not ruled out any scenario in the case as of yet.

But in studying the "victimology" of the case, or the potential that Hernandez was abducted or is a "runaway," the latter possibility now seems slim, Ramsey said.

"This is a 15-year-old girl who had a vibrant social media presence that has now gone completely dark," Ramsey said, adding that authorities use the term "victimology" as a means of investigating, not because of any change in Hernandez' status.

"It is less likely that it would be a runaway case because of the time and commitment it would take to (orchestrate) something like that. We're not seeing that in this case."

Searchers looked again Thursday in targeted areas in town, checking out tips, as the investigation continues. There is no timetable set for the investigation, Ramsey said, and there is no immediate end in sight for investigators.

The White Mountain Milers running group is organizing a downtown vigil for 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Schouler Park, and organizers are inviting those who attend to bring candles and flashlights.

Ramsey said a lot of law enforcement resources, human and technical, have been dedicated to studying Hernandez' Facebook page.

"In investigations like these, we need to look at a person's public life, their private life, and we try to get a look into their secret life," he said. Pieces of all three can often be found on Facebook, he said.

Law enforcement social media experts have been going through Hernandez' 351 Facebook friends and her 235 followers, and have conducted interviews with some, Ramsey said.

"That part of the case has taken a lot of our time," he said, declining to elaborate on whether the social media investigation has produced leads.

Hernandez' last activity on her Facebook page was on Oct. 3, when she changed her profile photo to a drawing of butterflies and flowers.

Her page features many photos of her and boyfriend Jimmy Campbell, as well as several quotes that she posted in the past year.

One is from Winnie the Pooh: "Some people care too much, I think it's called love."

Another reads: "I don't have time to hate people who hate me because I'm too busy loving people who love me."

Another: "Why do we sleep through church, but stay awake through a three-hour movie? Why is it hard to pray, but easy to cuss? Why is it hard to repost a Godly bulletin, but easy to repost the mean ones? Why can people worship a celebrity, but not God?"

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