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Man charged in teen's disappearance heads to court

July 29, 2014
Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man was due in court Tuesday to face a kidnapping charge in the case of a teenager who vanished after leaving her high school in October and then showed up at home last week.

Nathaniel Kibby, 34, was arrested without incident at his Gorham home, about 30 miles north of where the girl lives, and was charged with felony kidnapping, authorities said.

Police allege Kibby knowingly confined Abby, then 14, on Oct. 9, sometime after she left Kennett High School to walk to her North Conway home. Abby returned home the night of July 20, but authorities have not explained the circumstances of her disappearance or return.

Attorney General Joseph Foster said Monday that Abby provided the police with details of her kidnapping that led to Kibby's arrest.

Kibby was scheduled for arraignment early Tuesday afternoon in Conway. It was not immediately known if he has a lawyer. Foster said he will have a briefing after the arraignment.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young, who heads the criminal bureau, would not comment on what Kibby does for a living or supply other details about his background. She said details would come out in court Tuesday.

A phone number associated with Kibby was not in service.

Abby earlier issued a statement, which was posted on Facebook, thanking people who searched for her and saying she believes their hopes and prayers "played a major role in my release."

Young said that when the girl disappeared, she apparently had no way to get about or secure food, shelter or other necessities on her own. She said that Abby "went dark" and could not be traced through social media for the duration of her absence.

However, police revealed several months ago that Abby had written to her mother. When the letter surfaced, FBI agent Kieran Ramsey said it was possible the girl had run away but that someone could be coercing her into staying away. Police have not revealed the contents of the letter.

Several in Kibby's neighborhood said they weren't well acquainted with him.

"He seemed to be nice, down to earth. He was very polite," said Roger Lawrence, 66, who lives in the same mobile home park as Kibby.

Lawrence said he met him last summer while Kibby was walking his dog. He said they exchanged pleasantries. He said he didn't see Kibby all winter, but saw him Saturday, walking past his home to get his mail.

Lawrence said he was shocked to hear of the arrest.

"No words can explain it. I was ready to wring his neck," he said. "I was wondering what happened to that little girl myself, seeing it on the news, thinking 'Where could she have gone?'"

Another neighbor, Raylene Beaulieu said she had not seen Kibby during the time the teenager was missing and had not seen him much before then.

"He pretty much kept to himself," she said.

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Associated Press writer Holly Ramer contributed to this report.

 
 

 

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