Abigail's mother issues plea for Christmas return
CONWAY — The mother of 15-yearold Abigail Hernandez, who has been missing since Oct. 9, has issued a letter to the public hoping it will be seen by her daughter before Christmas.
“Please call me,” Zenya Hernandez wrote. “I just want to hear your voice! … I will come get you, if you want me to. Please let me come pick you up.
“When I see you again, we can start a new life, and all of this attention — all of this will be a thing of the past. I will do whatever it takes. I just want to see you again.”
Law enforcement investigators said there was no news to report in the search for Abigail Thursday. They said the letter from Zenya Hernandez Thursday was released at her request.
In an interview Thursday afternoon, Zenya Hernandez said she felt helpless in trying to contact her daughter, and her only avenue to reach her is through the news media. So she wrote a letter and sent it to all area news outlets.
“The only way I can talk to her is through the newspapers and TV,” she said. “I just hope she sees it.”
Zenya Hernandez said she is convinced that her daughter is alive. When she found a letter from Abigail in her mailbox last month, she was pleased.
“Getting that letter from Abby is the best thing that has ever happened to me,” she said.
The letter from Abigail was written Oct. 22, postmarked Oct. 23 and received by Abby’s mother Nov. 6, according to Associate Attorney General Jane Young. Hernandez has been told by authorities not to say where the letter had been postmarked or talk about its contents.
“I have to be very careful what I say for Abby’s safety, I hope people understand that,” she said. “I know she’s alive, but we have to make sure whoever has her won’t punish her for trying to reach out to me.”
She did say the letter was “all positive” from Abigail, adding that there have been no problems between her and her daughter that would have led to her disappearance.
“She was just gone. She is still gone,” Hernandez said.
“No arguments, no fights, in fact I had talked to her earlier that day, we had plans that night and for the weekend, it was her birthday.”
For weeks after the disappearance, Zenya Hernandez said she was down and depressed, thinking her daughter was possibly dead. “Then that letter, it was all positive, it made me feel so good,” she said.
At the end of her letter to Abigail dated Dec. 19, she writes, “Please come home for Christmas!” “Christmas meant a lot for us, Abby, me, her sister Sarah,” Zanya Hernandez said. “It’s a time of the year when families get together. I hope I will see Abby by then.”