The only suspect in the kidnapping of Abigail Hernandez faced a judge — and his alleged victim — just one day after being arrested. In the meantime, his house is being searched for more evidence, and reports claim he may have kept Abigail in a storage container for 9 months. Awful.
Abigail Hernandez, 15, made her parents prayers come true when she returned home in July 2014 after going missing in Oct. 2013 while walking home from school. Now, the one and only suspect in her kidnapping, Nathaniel Kibby, 34, is being held on $1 million bail while investigators build their case against the alleged criminal who reportedly has a long rap sheet.
Kidnapped Teenager Comes Face-To-Face With Suspect In Court
Abigail Hernandez put on a brave face as she sat just feet away from her alleged kidnapper on Tuesday, July 30, in New Hampshire.
The kidnapping survivor was an unexpected guest at the first hearing in her own case, as family had previously stated she would not be present, reports NBC News.
Nathaniel Kibby, suspected of kidnapping Abigail nine months ago, appeared in court wearing his orange jail-mandated jumpsuit. The alleged kidnapper had been arrested by Gorham Police just one day prior on Monday, July 29, in relation to Abigail’s disappearance.
Tuesday’s hearing revealed that Nathaniel was being held on $1 million bail, and he was charged with one felony count of kidnapping. Investigators have search warrants for his home and the surrounding property, which local news outlets have reported being taped off by police officials.
Although Abigail returned home safe and sound under what police are calling “mysterious” circumstance on July 21, it is now being reported that the brave teenager may have been locked in a storage container in Nathaniel’s backyard for the nine months she was missing.
The storage container on Nathaniel’s property can be seen in multiple videos recorded by local news affiliates in the Gorham area.
As investigators gather more evidence against Nathaniel and Abigail slowly tries to piece together the last nine months for them while recovering from this traumatic event, he will remain in police custody until his next hearing — Aug. 15.
Neighbors Called The Suspect ‘Crazy Nate’
In an interview with local news outlet NECN, neighbors revealed that they often warned girls to stay away from Nathaniel. His nickname around the neighborhood was “Crazy Nate,” claims one neighbor.
“He’s been called crazy Nate. I don’t know too much about him, he’s pretty much a loner. But I always told the girls stay away from that trailer,” Debbie Demers told the outlet in regards to the alleged kidnapper.
Debbie also revealed that the storage container had been soundproofed, which she knew because he once used it as his own personal shooting range.
Our thoughts go out to Abigail and her family as they recover together at this time.
— Lauren Cox