Abigail Hernandez search continues in N.H.; state, local, and federal authorities participate

State, local, and federal authorities are searching for a 14-year-old girl who disappeared two days ago near her high school in Conway, N.H.

Abigail Hernandez was last seen around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday near Kennett High School, according to the FBI, which is participating in the search.

“We are here for one reason: to find Abby,” said Associate New Hampshire Attorney General Jane Young at a news conference this afternoon. “We are trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together. … We are coming together to find this little girl.”

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Hernandez was last seen wearing black leggings/yoga pants, a gray-striped, multi-colored sweater, and black leather boots, according to information posted by the FBI on its website. She is 5-foot-4 and weighs 118 pounds, with long brown hair and brown eyes.

Young said Hernandez went to school Wednesday and there were “some indications” she went home afterward. Investigators, who are searching from the air, on land, and on water are focusing on the path she took home, Young said.

In a photo released by Conway, N.H. police is 14-year-old Abigail Hernandez of North Conway, N.H. Officials are searching for the missing girl who was last seen Wednesday afternoon leaving school. (AP Photo/Conway Police department)

She said authorities are also searching social media and cellphone information for clues. Young described the case as a missing persons investigation.

Kieran Ramsey, the assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s New Hampshire office, said the FBI’s Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team was working on the case, along with other FBI units, with agents arriving from as far away as Virginia.

He urged the public to send in tips to the 1-800-CALL-FBI tip line or submit them online at www.tips.fbi.gov.

“Please know that the only thing we want in this is Abigail’s safe return. Abby, if you’re out there and you hear this message or see this message, please call the police department, your family, or friends so we can conclude this investigation and have your safe return,” said Conway Police Chief Edward Wagner.

Young said Saturday is Hernandez’s 15th birthday and “it would be nice to have her home.”