A TEENAGE girl who went missing for nine months has lost a lot of weight — and she still can’t recall where she was before she finally returned home.
Abigail Hernandez was last seen leaving Kennett High School in North Conway, New Hampshire, in the US on October 9 last year.
She was recently reunited with her mother and sister after an online campaign titled Bring Abby Home was launched and a $60,000 reward was offered to anyone who could help find her.
But the teenage girl has not returned the way she left. Hernandez has been described as “very thin and weak” by family and friends.
Her health has also “deteriorated” so much that she is unable to eat solid foods.
Clearly traumatised by the abduction, she has also been unable to explain where she went and what she has been doing for the last nine months.
“The last few days have been extremely busy while law enforcement and medical concerns have had to be addressed,” Hernandez’s family said in a statement.
“Right now, Abby is resting, extremely tired and in deteriorated health, and has lost a lot of weight. She is working to build her strength back and we hope soon she will be back on solid foods.”
Amanda Smith, a family friend, has seen Hernandez every day since she came home.
“Abby is very thin and weak,” she said.
“We continue to work towards getting her to eat.”
The FBI have released a sketch of a man in his mid-40s, who they say drove her away from North-South Road in Conway between 2.20pm and 3pm, based on a description Hernandez provided them.
The Boston Globe reports a spokeswoman for the New Hampshire attorney general said they were following about 20 leads.