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November 19. 2013 8:12PM

Abigail Hernandez disappearance: No threat to Conway community says law enforcement


Magnetic signs asking for help finding Abby Hernandez are now being distributed all over New England. 

CONWAY — It's been six weeks since Abigail Hernandez was last seen walking home from her ninth-grade classes at Kennett High School.

Law enforcement officials say they still have no any hard evidence to support any direction or theory in the missing person case of the 15-year-old, whose last text — a heart symbol — to her boyfriend, Kennett High freshman Jimmy Campbell, at 2:52 p.m. on Oct. 9, marked the last time she has been heard from.

State and federal officers have heard that many students in town have been experiencing anxiety and other mental health problem since the teen disappeared, a fear they sought to ease Wednesday.

"We have nothing to indicate that there is any threat to the community from this case," said the FBI's Kieran Ramsey.

According to local counselors, some teens who walk home from school have expressed worry that they could similarly disappear.

"We don't have any information of any significant danger (to the community) whatsoever," said Senior Associate Attorney General Jane Young.

But, Young said, parents and guardians should be "ever vigilant" in watching for behavioral changes. She advised adults to monitor activities on social media sites.

"We've seen through so many cases in recent years, parents should really be vigilant," Young said.

Meanwhile, volunteers just distributed 100 magnetic "missing" signs and have ordered another 100 "as the demand from all over New England has been high," said volunteer Paul Kirsch.

"People in the Mt. Washington Valley still believe that Abby will be found and we aren't giving up. Although we all wish we knew more, we also acknowledge that this is an ongoing investigation and that law enforcement can't just release information about the details to the general public."

dseufert@newstote.com


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