After thousands of tips, authorities for weeks have said they have no solid leads in the search for Abigail Hernandez.
The 15-year-old effectively vanished walking home from her North Conway, N.H. school on October 9th. Now -- a glimmer of hope, in the form of a letter that investigators say was sent by Abigail to her mother
"When we received this, I will tell you it was unprecedented. We have not seen anything like this in recent investigations," said the FBI's Kiernan Ramsey, at a news conference in Concord Friday.
The New Hampshire Attorney General says the letter was written on October 22nd, postmarked on the 23rd and received by her mom some 14 days later -- on November 6th. But officials are not revealing what it said or where it came from. "We think it could jeopardize the investigation if we release that," said N.H. Associate Attorney General Jane Young.
For the first time officials are also releasing pictures of a necklace and a purse Hernandez most likely has on her, something they think may re-spark tips. "We are still classifying this as a missing persons case," Young said.
Bottom line -- authorities say they think the teen is still alive, and that she's not alone. "She has someone who is with her, whether that be a friend, or who we fear, may be a foe," Young said.
But the team searching for her is still holding out hope. "We are mindful of incidents across the country. We've had almost miraculous reunions of women with their family," Ramsey said.
Investigators say one of their main reasons for releasing this information is that they want Abigail to hear this message, and send another letter if she's able to.
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