A 15-year-old New Hampshire girl who went missing for nine months was reportedly held in a rusty storage container that had three soundproof rooms inside.
Investigators say Abigail Hernandez was held in a storage container in Gorham next to the trailer home of 34-Year-Old Nathaniel E. Kibby – a prime suspect in the case. Kibby allegedly used the container as a shooting range.
Referring to it as an "above-ground bunker," FBI agent and state troopers cut into the container with a mechanical saw on Wednesday. They found three separate soundproofed rooms inside.
“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,” neighbor Debbie Demers told WWLP.
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Demers said the container is “soundproof because he likes his guns and it was a little shooting range back there.”
Neighbors were reportedly asked whether Kibby could have dug a covert tunnel from the structure to his home.
The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office has declined to comment on whether the container was a cell for the teen.
Hernandez was 14 when she disappeared in October 2013. On Sunday, she was reunited with her family in North Conway. Few details have been released surrounding the case.
Kibby was arrested Monday and charged with one count of felony kidnapping. He is being held on $1 million bail. The arrest warrant was sealed by prosecutors and Kibby hasn’t entered a plea.
A probably cause hearing, including the evidence detailing how she was discovered, is scheduled for Aug. 12.
"Right now, Abby is resting, extremely tired and in deteriorated health, and has lost a lot of weight," her family said in a statement.
"She is working to build her strength back and we hope soon she will be back on solid foods," it said.
Image screenshot: WWLP