Kidnapped Teen Abigail Hernandez Says She's Improving

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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.


— The Associated Press