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Friends of missing teen Abigail Hernandez issue Web appeal

Friends of missing New Hampshire teenager Abigail Hernandez posted videos and letters on the Internet today, imploring her to come home.

“I really need you back, there’s no one else like you,” one friend said in a video.

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“I miss you teaching me random Beatles songs on the guitar,” said another.

Hernandez, a 15-year-old from Conway, N.H., has been missing since Oct. 9, when she was last seen leaving Kennett High School, the FBI said. Since then, her family and friends have built a website in the hope that she’ll see it and return home.

Abigail’s mother, Zenya Hernandez, said she thought of the website “bringabbyhome.com” shortly after her daughter went missing.

“We’re just hoping and praying she’ll see this,” Zenya Hernandez said in a telephone interview this afternoon. “She’s so missed.”

When the website first went live, Hernandez posted a timeline of events, photos, and police contact information.

The notes from friends are the latest addition.

“Abby’s friends miss her. You know, it’s been a very long time,” said Hernandez. “They talk about her all the time.”

Hernandez said she thought this would be a good outlet for the teenagers.

“They can share their stories,” she said.

Conway police, New Hampshire State Police, and the FBI continue to search for the girl.

Though Abigail was last seen Oct. 9, she sent her mother a letter postmarked Oct. 23. Authorities have not disclosed what the letter said, but her mother said it was written in a tone her daughter would use.

This is still considered a missing persons case.

“We have grave concerns for Abby’s safety,” said Associate Attorney General Jane Young at a December press conference.

The FBI believes Abigail could be a potential target of sexual exploitation. They are offering a $20,000 reward to anyone who provides information leading to a conviction in the case.

The FBI asked anyone with information about the case to contact the FBI’s toll-free tip line at 800-CALL-FBI, Conway police at 603-356-5717, their local FBI office, or the nearest US embassy or consulate.

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera@globe.com. Follow her on twitter @jacktemp
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