Nathaniel Kibby, 34, was arrested Monday and charged with kidnapping Abigail Hernandez, the 15-year-old New Hampshire girl that went missing more than nine months ago while walking home from school in Conway.
The Associated Press reported
that Kibby was located in his Gorham home, roughly 30 miles north of the girl's home, and arrested without incident. Abby was returned home unharmed on July 20.
The FBI and local police have not yet released the details of her alleged kidnapping, confinement, or return home to her family.
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Abigail "Abby" Hernandez disappeared on October 9, 2013. In the wake of her disappearance, family, friends, and community members began searching along with law enforcement looking for any sign of her.
A few months into the nine-month saga, the girl's mother, Zenya Hernandez, received a letter from her daughter, however the details of the letter were not released by police, but seem to have helped lead to her recovery. Now that she's home she is spending time with family and friends, and slowly recovering her health.
The attorney general's office released a short statement upon Kibby's arrest, that read, "Over the course of the past week, law enforcement officers have worked around the clock to ascertain the facts and circumstances surrounding Abigail’s disappearance and return. Abigail Hernandez provided the police with details of her kidnapping sufficient to warrant today’s arrest."
After her safe return home, Abby's mother appeared on NBC's "Today" show
to assure those closely watching the case that her daughter was thin and "very pale" when she returned home, but was recovering just fine. She also sought to dispel rumors associated with her daughter's disappearance.
"The majority of people somehow believe that she was pregnant; she was not," Zenya said on air. "She did not run away."
Abigail herself released a statement on the family's website thanking all those concerned for their support.
"I wish that I could personally thank everyone who looked for me. My gratitude is beyond words. It's an incredible feeling to be home and I believe in my heart that your hopes and prayers played a major role in my release. Thank you all for the welcome home."
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