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    Missing N.H. teen returned to family 9 months after disappearing

    Abigail Hernandez , a New Hampshire teenager who went missing last October, has been reunited with her family, officials said today.

    Hernandez was 14 years old from Conway, N.H., when she was last seen leaving Kennett High School on Oct. 9. Hernandez had some contact with her family after that time, but law enforcement officials still expressed grave concern for her safety during the past nine months.

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    New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph A. Foster announced today that Hernandez was “safely reunited” with her family Sunday.

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    Abigail Hernandez.
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    “The facts and circumstances surrounding Abigail’s disappearance continue to be actively investigated,’’ Foster said in a statement, adding that the FBI and local authorities are jointly investigating.

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    In the statement, Foster said that Abigail’s mother, Zenya Hernandez, described the family as “the happiest people on earth.”

    Foster said the Hernandez family “has requested privacy as they assist with the law enforcement efforts and as they spend time supporting and caring for Abigail.’’

    Previous coverage:

    Mother of missing N.H. teen writes plea for daughter’s return

    Missing N.H. teen contacted mother, police say

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    Kiera Blessing can be reached at kiera.blessing@globe.com.