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Kidnapped Teen Abigail Hernandez Says She's Improving

In her first public comments, the New Hampshire teenager who returned home nine months after she vanished on the way home from school told her local newspaper that she's "feeling a lot better every day."

Abigail Hernandez stopped by the Conway Daily Sun on Thursday to thank the newspaper for publicizing her disappearance. The paper ran a box every days counting the days she was missing. "Thank you guys, so, so much, I really appreciate it more than I could possibly put in words," she told the newspaper. "I'm taking it a little at a time but I'm feeling a lot better every day."

Abigail was 14 when she disappeared Oct. 9 on the way home from high school. A search was launched, rewards were offered, and billboards and posters went up around the region. The now-15-year-old came home July 20, but the circumstances of her return are so far just as murky as the details of her disappearance.

On Monday, police charged 34-year-old Nathaniel Kibby with kidnapping her, but didn’t release any specifics. Abigail told the newspaper that she looks forward to going horseback riding, and doesn’t want to be seen as a victim. "I'd just like to be treated like a normal person," she said.

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— The Associated Press