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April 23. 2014 8:51PM

Abigail Hernandez’ mother: She did not run away

CONWAY — The mother of 15-year-old Abigail Hernandez, who has been missing for more than six months, issued an appeal to the public on Wednesday saying her daughter is not a runaway.

Abigail’s father, Ruben Hernandez, wrote an open letter to his daughter on his Facebook page Sunday saying he had taken a “leap of faith by writing a letter to your mother requesting full custody of you.”

He also said that after Abigail contacted her mother once by a letter soon after her disappearance, “it became obvious that (she) ran away.” The contents in the letter have not been released by investigators.

Abigail was last seen on Oct. 9 as she left school. A large-scale law enforcement search has turned up few clues about her whereabouts, and investigators are worried about her.

“We are still very concerned for her safety and well-being,” FBI Agent Kieran Ramsey said.

Zenya Hernandez does not believe her daughter has run away. She and Abigail had plans for the days after she disappeared and had plans for the weekend after.

“There were so many things that happened that don’t make sense, like she bought two songs on iTunes the day before she disappeared and she never downloaded them,” Zenya Hernandez said Wednesday, On the Bring Abby Home Facebook page, friends posted the following message about the feelings of Zenya Hernandez and Abigail’s sister, Sarah: “Zenya and Sarah do not believe Abby ran away. The circumstances of Abby’s disappearance are not known, Abby’s whereabouts are not known. We continue to search for her daily,” the message said.

“We ask that anyone with any information to please contact Conway Police Department at 603-356-5715, or the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI,” friends wrote.

“This is a high-pressure situation for all involved, and any judgments, opinions or consents, are done under extreme stress … Zenya will continue to do whatever it takes to bring Abby home safely.”

dseufert@newstote.com


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