Abigail Hernandez visited the office of her hometown New Hampshire newspaper this week, offering her gratitude for the community’s help in searching for her during the nine months in which she was missing.
The Conway Daily Sun reported its discussion with Hernandez, now 15, as an “informal chat,” and the published details did not go into specifics of the investigation into her disappearance.
Nathaniel E. Kibby of Gorham, N.H., has been accused of kidnapping her, and investigators said this week that they were continuing to gather information in the case.
“I’m taking it a little at a time but I’m feeling a lot better every day,” Hernandez told The Sun, according to its published interview, which ran along with an image of Hernandez, her mother Zenya Hernandez and a family friend.
In the picture, Abigail Hernandez is wearing a shirt that reads, “C.S.I./Can’t Stand Idiots.”
Abigail said she wants to go horseback riding, according to the paper, and she and Zenya Hernandez said they do not want to be treated like victims.
Little has been made public about the allegations against Kibby, whose lawyer did not enter a plea at his arraignment this week, saying he needed more information about the case. Authorities have not said where they believe Abigail Hernandez was between the time she disappeared in October on her way home from school and her return home this month.
In the interview, The Sun said, Hernandez thanked the paper for printing a tally of how long she had been gone. She said she saw the feature and that it gave her hope.
This morning, family friend Paul Kirsch told the Globe in an e-mail that Abigail Hernandez went to the newspaper office because that feature had “a direct impact on her survival” by showing her that people were looking for her.
He said the family won’t make additional public statements before a hearing scheduled in Kibby’s case for Aug. 12.
“The family just needs privacy right now as they work on trying to get back to a little bit of normal,” Kirsch said.