CONWAY — Volunteers working to find Abigail Hernandez are blanketing the Mount Washington Valley and state liquor stores with "missing" posters this week in time for the holiday.
Their work is appreciated by law enforcement officials, who are hoping that a traveler or travelers with information about Hernandez returns to the area on the holiday. Hernandez was last seen on Oct. 9, a few days before Columbus Day.
"This is an area that is heavily used by tourists and vacationers; we are hopeful that people who may have been here or may have seen something on that day will return and come forward," said FBI Agent Kieran Ramsey.
Volunteers have been busy connecting on Facebook, as head volunteer Paul Kirsch gave instructions. On Tuesday, volunteer Lisa Hoffman obtained approval from the New Hampshire Liquor Commission to post the signs in all of the state's 77 liquor stores.
Volunteers, who make use of the printable Abigail missing posters available on the volunteers' website, www.bringabbyhome.com, were being asked to reach nine of the state's welcome centers, which are also approved for signs.
"The main thing this week is getting the word out about Abby to travelers," Kirsch said, noting there will be "an influx of visitors this weekend that can learn about her, and the new missing posters have the website and QR code on them in the hopes people will go to the website to learn more."
Volunteer Amanda Smith, who partners with Kirsch in operating the volunteer effort's Facebook page, said volunteers are particularly active this week.
"We're getting fliers up everywhere for this busy weekend," Smith said. "We're making sure that people coming to and from North Conway see Abby's picture."
"Our main message over the holiday weekend is sending out a message of hope and love and positive thoughts to Abby, and to get her name out there as much as we can," Kirsch said.
Authorities said they still have no clues indicating what happened to Hernandez, who was last seen leaving school at about 2:30 p.m.
Anyone with information about Hernandez is asked to call the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI.