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1 week later, still no sign of missing N.H. teen

Officials are seeking help in finding 15-year-old Abigail Hernandez’s cellphone

FBI agents and police set up a roadblock to question drivers in North Conway, N.H., on a road where missing 15-year-old Abigail Hernandez would have walked home from school.

Jim Cole/Associated Press

FBI agents and police set up a roadblock to question drivers in North Conway, N.H., on a road where missing 15-year-old Abigail Hernandez would have walked home from school.

After eight days of searching and more than 500 tips, investigators are still looking for a 15-year-old girl who disappeared in Conway, N.H, and they are now asking the public to be on the lookout for her cellphone.

“Day eight in our search for Abigail Hernandez,” said Kieran Ramsey, an FBI special agent, during a press conference in Conway Wednesday evening. “Day eight in our plea to the community of Conway and the viewing public to help us with any information that could help us locate Abigail. Day eight in our hopes for Abby’s mom, Abby’s sister, and other loved ones that we can return her home safely here in Conway.”

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Abigail Hernandez was last seen Oct. 9 leaving Kennett High School and walking on a powerline trail, authorities said. On Wednesday, investigators released a timeline detailing Hernandez’s last known whereabouts and cellphone activity in hopes that it would help the search process.

Authorities are looking for Hernandez’s cellphone — a white iPhone 5 in a pink and gray case. Specifically, they are asking businesses to check their lost-and-found holds to see if the phone might have been unclaimed, said Jane Young, associate New Hampshire attorney general.

In the timeline, Hernandez’s last text message was sent to a friend at 2:53 p.m. on Oct. 9.

The content of the message was not released.

Hernandez’s last known contact between her phone and a cellular network was at 3:07 p.m., also Oct. 9, in an area west of Cranmore Mountain, according to the timeline.

There have been multiple unconfirmed reports of an individual that matches Hernandez’s description seen between 2:40 and 3:30 p.m. on that day walking on North-South Highway.

When asked whether the search would be scaled back, Young said, “We have not had those discussions as of now.”

The case is still a missing persons investigation and authorities said Wednesday they have no evidence that indicates a kidnapping.

Derek J. Anderson can be reached at derek.anderson@globe.com.
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