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Abigail Hernandez Endured 'Unspeakable Violence' During Disappearance

By    |   Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 10:44 AM

Abigail Hernandez, the New Hampshire teenager who returned home last month after missing for more than nine months, suffered "numerous acts of unspeakable violence" at the hands of her abductor, her lawyers said in a statement Tuesday.

The three lawyers put out the statement on behalf of Hernandez and her mother. It was featured on the "Bring Abby Home" website created after the 14-year-old disappeared Oct. 9 on her way home from school in Conway, a small tourist town in northeastern New Hampshire.

"For many months, she suffered numerous acts of unspeakable violence," the statement said, according to The Associated Press. Now 15, she's home with her family "through her faith, fortitude, and resilience."

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"Abby needs and wants some time and space to physically and emotionally heal," said the statement issued by attorney Michael Coyne, dean-elect of the Massachusetts School of Law, and two other lawyers. "It is going to be a long process in pursuit of justice for Abby and for Abby to get physically and emotionally stronger. We do not intend to have this case tried in the press.

"As the justice system moves forward, and the evidence is revealed, questions about this horrific event will be answered," the statement said.

Coyne told the AP on Wednesday that he "would expect that there will be further charges consistent with the evidence in the case."

Coyne said they put out the statement to shield Hernandez and the family from the intense interest her case has generated.

"They're being inundated with media requests and many up to now have not respected her desire to deal with this privately," Coyne said.

Coyne said Hernandez is getting professional help, but he declined to discuss details.

Authorities launched a wide search for the teen and offered rewards. Missing posters went up through the region, but for nine months the only trace of the girl was a single letter she wrote to her mother.

She came home July 20, but the circumstances of her return are just as murky as the details of her disappearance. On July 28, police charged Nathaniel Kibby of Gorham, 34, with kidnapping her. He is being held on $1 million bond.

Kibby's lawyer, public defender Jesse Friedman, declined to comment on the statement.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young would not comment on the specifics of the statement but repeated that the criminal investigation is ongoing and any further charges would be based on what that investigation reveals.

A judge recently ordered investigators to leave in place a trailer and a large storage container belonging to Kibby in Gorham, about 30 miles north of Conway.

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Abigail Hernandez, the New Hampshire teenager who returned home last month after missing for more than nine months, suffered "numerous acts of unspeakable violence" at the hands of her abductor, her lawyers said in a statement Tuesday.
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