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Abigail Hernandez, 15, sits with family and friends at Conway District Court in Conway, N.H., on July 29, 2014. / Charles Krupa, AP

A New Hampshire teen who vanished for nearly a year was violently abducted by a stranger and "suffered numerous acts of unspeakable violence," her lawyers said in a statement, as details continue to slowly emerge in a case where investigators have been tight-lipped.

Abigail Hernandez was 14 when she disappeared on her way home from school last year in Conway, N.H., a small tourist town in the northeastern part of the state.

Authorities launched a wide search for the teen and offered rewards. Missing posters went up through the region, but for nine months the only trace of the girl was a single letter she wrote to her mother. She returned home the night of July 20 wearing the same clothes she had on when she disappeared.

A SWAT team arrested Nathaniel Kibby, 34, on July 28 at his home in Gorham, N.H., located about 30 miles from Abigail's home. The now 15-year-old provided information that led to Kibby's arrest, including details for a police sketch, prosecutors said at the time.

Kibby pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of kidnapping on July 28, but few other details have been released. He is currently jailed on $1 million bail.

More information and the probable cause statement were originally due to be shared in court this week, but that hearing has been pushed back until September, according to ABC News.

"It is going to be a long process in pursuit of justice for Abby and for Abby to get physically and emotionally stronger," said the statement issued Tuesday by attorneys Michael Coyne, Steven Hyde and Briana Coakley, who are representing the Hernandez family.

The attorneys called her survival nothing short of "miraculous."

"As the justice system moves forward, and the evidence is revealed, questions about this horrific event will be answered," they said.

Coyne told the Associated Press on Wednesday that he "would expect that there will be further charges consistent with the evidence in the case."

Kibby's lawyer, public defender Jesse Friedman, declined to comment on the statement.

A judge recently ordered investigators to leave in place a moible home and a large storage container belonging to Kibby. Prosecutors had sought to haul away the two items and place them in storage. They believe Kibby held Abigail on his property, but it was not clear if they think she was kept inside the structures or was at the trailer park for her entire nine-month disappearance, according to The Boston Globe.

Prosecutors have released few details about the case or said if additional charges will be filed against Kibby.

Debbie Demers, a neighbor of Kibby, previously told NECN.com the suspect had a large, soundproof shipping container behind his mobile home.

"He's been called crazy Nate. I don't know too much about him, he's pretty much a loner," she told the website. "I always told the girls stay away from that trailer. He likes his guns and it was a little shooting range back there."

Wally Corrigan Jr., whose father owns the trailer park, told the website that Kibby often railed against the government.

"I figured he'd be like somebody who would be holding up the town selectmen or something because the taxes went up," he said.

In a July 28 interview on NBC's Today, Abby's mother, Zenya Hernandez, said that when her daughter returned home she had "a look in her eyes I've never, ever seen before. And that's something that's haunting me, and I think will haunt me for the rest of my life."

Coyne said Abigail is getting professional help, but he declined to discuss details.

Contributing: John Bacon, Michael Winter and the Associated Press



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