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Post by TomTerrific0420 on Wed Jul 27, 2011 4:42 pm

STEWARTSTOWN, N.H. - State and federal law enforcement officials in
northern New Hampshire are searching the community of West Stewartstown
for 11-year-old Celina Cass.



Police say she was last seen at her home on Monday at about 9 p.m.
Investigators say there's no indication she ran away or someone took her, nor are there signs of a struggle.
Her stepfather, Wendell Noyes, said Wednesday Celina is a quiet girl and would not leave home on her own.
State police, fish and game and the U.S. Border Patrol is helping search the area looking for the girl.
Friends, family and neighbors held a vigil Tuesday and handed out photos and posters of Celina.


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Post by mom_in_il on Wed Jul 27, 2011 10:18 pm

11-year-old girl's disappearance rattles nerves in small NH town; FBI joins search
JOHN CURRAN Associated Press
First Posted: July 27, 2011 - 6:20 am
Last Updated: July 27, 2011 - 6:00 pm

STEWARTSTOWN, N.H. — The disappearance of an 11-year-old girl from her house just a mile from the Canadian border rattled nerves in her small town Wednesday as crews searched the Connecticut River and cordoned the house with police tape.

Celina Cass was last seen in her house at a computer around 9 p.m. Monday and was gone the next morning, authorities said. Police have said that there's no indication she ran away or that someone took her, and there are no signs of a struggle.

On Wednesday, the FBI joined the investigation into Celina's disappearance and prosecutors from the attorney general's office arrived in Stewartstown and took charge of it.

"We are still desperately looking for her," said Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young, who typically handles homicide cases.

The specter of the girl's disappearance hung heavy over Stewartstown, a community of 800 residents with one blinking streetlight and a handful of stores.

"It's creepy," said Shannon Towles, who owns Towles Mini-Mart on Route 3. "Things like this don't happen here. I know that's kind of a tired phrase. I'm an overprotective mom as it is. Now it's going to be way worse."

Celina's stepfather, Wendell Noyes, described her as a quiet girl who would not have left home on her own. He declined to comment further on her disappearance.

Residents described Celina as a sweet, friendly child. One of Celina's best friends, 11-year-old Makayla Riendeau, said Celina loves her mother and likes her stepfather and wouldn't run away. She said Celina is very athletic, is a stickler about getting her school work done on time and loves having friends over to her house.

"She's a very good friend, and she never lets anybody down," Makayla said.

By Wednesday afternoon, family members and friends were camped out on the porch of the three-story wooden home and shooed away reporters.

Young, the senior assistant attorney general, entered the home with several officers about 2 p.m. and came out with a woman, whom they walked to a nearby office building that served as a command post. Young declined to comment on that.

At midday Wednesday, about a mile north of town, five Fish and Game Department officers searched the woods behind an apartment. They carried bags and boxes, but it was unclear if they collected anything.

On Tuesday, state and federal law enforcement officials scoured the area within a half-mile of the family home, and relatives, friends and neighbors held a vigil for Celina near the house that night.

Celina's disappearance did not meet the criteria for an Amber Alert and wasn't considered suspicious, state police Sgt. Sheldon Belanger said. Police were going through phone and computer records at Celina's home, he said.

"Honestly, we don't know where else we can look," said Lt. Douglas Gralenski, a state Fish and Game official whose agency is helping state police search the river. "There's so much that's unknown."

Fliers with the girl's smiling face are posted on trees, utility poles and stores in the town.

Shannon Towles' daughter, 13-year-old Echo Towles, who knows her, said: "I hope she's OK. I hope they find her."

Gralenski said Wednesday that a small boat with an officer and fishing guide was searching the river about a quarter-mile from her home. He said the river was lowered Tuesday to help with the search. The river runs between New Hampshire and Vermont, where state police also have helped with the search.

"It's not a deep river. You'd be hard-pressed to find 6 to 8 feet in most of it in that area," Gralenski said. "When we had it drawn down, it was exceptionally low."

That allowed the Border Patrol to search by helicopter and some officers to search by kayak before severe thunderstorms passed through Tuesday afternoon.

At the peak of the search Tuesday, Gralenski said, there were at least three dozen officers, New England police dog handlers and a search and rescue group assisting by water, air and land, including ATV trails in the woods.

"We found no evidence that she had been in that area, and, of course, we have no evidence she is lost as opposed to missing, either," he said.

The area is densely wooded, and there's little to no cellphone reception.

Besides the river search Wednesday, some officers were searching areas where some of the dog teams showed interest, Gralenski said.

Towles said her daughter asked her whether she thought Celina was still alive.

"How do I answer that question? And do I want to?" Towles said. "I don't want to think about it, but I pray every second that she is."

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Re: CELINA CASS - 11 yo (2011) Stewartstown (Canada, NH-VT Border) NH

Post by TomTerrific0420 on Thu Jul 28, 2011 2:41 am

WEST STEWARTSTOWN, N.H. -- Officials
with the Attorney General's Office and the FBI spoke in a news
conference Wednesday night about missing 11-year-old Celina Cass.Senior
Assistant Attorney General Jane Young said the office is trying to
bring Celina home safely, and they're treating this as a missing persons
case.Officials released a new picture of Celina and asked for help from the public in New Hampshire and surrounding states.


Images: Friends, Authorities Search For Girl


The FBI said their officials have called in their Child Abduction
Rapid Deployment Team and will be using computer resources at their
headquarters in Quantico, Va.Nearly 48 hours after Celina's
parents last saw their daughter, an air and ground search for the West
Stewartstown girl ended earlier Wednesday.By Wednesday evening,
the Cass house was blocked off with police tape, and investigators were
inside the home. Moments before that happened, two people under a
blanket were led by friends out of the home and taken to a nearby police
command center.Friends and relatives spent the day putting up missing person posters across the area with pictures and a description of Celina.




"We're putting them everywhere," said Lori McKearney, the girl's
aunt. "We have people going to Lancaster, Jefferson, Whitefield,
Littleton. We're going to Pittsburg."The girl was in her room Monday night, but by the morning, she was gone.Crews
searched the Connecticut River on Wednesday while a helicopter scanned
the ground from above. The river is a short distance from the Cass home,
but searchers found no sign of the girl."We really want to know that she's OK and that she's safe," said family friend Amanda Chapple. "We need her home."Counselors
were on hand at Celina's school. Superintendent Robert Mills said she
was well-liked at the tight-knit school that has only 85 students."We
have about six counselors on site, and we've contacted students and
their parents to have them come up to the school, so any students who
need to talk through some of the issues can come here, and we will have
counselors available for them," Mills said.The FBI has
volunteered to help in the search for Celina, deploying its Child
Abduction Rapid Deployment Team. Investigators are also focusing
attention on her computer, and the Attorney General's Office met with
the girl's family.




The Attorney General's Office said they are looking for any information on Celina's activities on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.Police said they are also taking a look at phone records.Police
said Celina is 5 feet 5 inches tall and 95 pounds, with brown,
waist-length hair and hazel eyes. She was last wearing a pink shirt,
pink pullover, blue shorts and shoes.Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 603-846-3333.
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Post by TomTerrific0420 on Thu Jul 28, 2011 11:49 am

Eleven-year-old Celina Cass not seen since Monday evening.

Some people who know 11-year-old Celina Cass said they are devastated
that she disappeared from her home Monday night. But there’s one more
thing that makes it even worse.

“She was very shy. If she didn’t know you she would look to her older
sister to make sure you were okay,” said Kayla Baglio, 18.

So, some people find it hard to believe she would have run away, much less gone anywhere with somebody she didn’t know.

And that has some of them suddenly worrying about letting their children go out alone.

That’s an unusual thing in a village of 900 people where neighborly trust was the norm.

“We want to know, are our families safe,” said one mother, who declined to be identified.

That’s the only question senior assistant attorney general Jane Young
answered during a news conference across from Celina’s home on Wednesday night.

“We would remind people and parents to remain vigilant at all times,”
said Young who said state, local police and the now the F.B.I. were
working hard to find the girl.

Kieran Ramsey, the supervisory special agent for the F.B.I. in New
Hampshire said the agency has deployed its “Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team.”

But despite all that manpower both Young and Ramsey stressed the need for help from the public.

“Right now we believe that the media and the public are law
enforcement’s best ally in this effort and we ask the people of New
Hampshire and surrounding states to remain vigilant and assist us,” Ramsey said.

Young often handles criminal cases, but said “take nothing of that
other than this is New Hampshire and we are putting all our assets to
bringing this child home safely.”

She said the disappearance was still being treated as a missing-person case.

She declined to say why no amber alert has been issued.

Late Wednesday afternoon police put crime-scene tape around the large
house – which had been converted to apartments - where the family lived.
The occupants were moved out.

The house on the main street through town was the last place Celina
was seen. That was about 9 pm on Monday as she was using a computer,
according to police. She was reported missing the next morning by her
stepfather and there was no sign of anything like a scuffle.

Throughout the day Wednesday searchers from Fish and Game continued to check the woods nearby.

Meanwhile small groups of residents clustered near the house and the adjacent police command post.

“You can see how the town feels. We’re wanting a child to come home,” said one woman.

Members of the family weren’t available to comment and when Celina’s
mother, Louisa Noyes, came out of the house friends draped her in a
white sheet so she couldn’t be photographed.


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Post by TomTerrific0420 on Fri Jul 29, 2011 2:43 am

STEWARTSTOWN, N.H. — Dozens of investigators from state and
federal agencies are working out of a school in northern New Hampshire
in their efforts to find a missing 11-year-old girl.

Police went door to door in Stewartstown on Thursday asking
residents for any information they might have about the disappearance of
Celina Cass, and townspeople are passing out fliers. The girl had last
been seen when she went to bed Monday night.
Jane Young of the New Hampshire attorney general’s office says
investigators are leaving no stone unturned. Across the border, the
Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Quebec were alerted to the girl’s
disappearance, but there had been no sightings as of late Thursday.
Police have said that there’s no indication she ran away and there were no signs of a struggle.


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Post by mom_in_il on Fri Jul 29, 2011 2:28 pm

Frantic search for missing girl extends into Canada
Lesley Ciarula Taylor Staff Reporter

The RCMP has joined American local, state and federal police in a desperate search for an 11-year-old New Hampshire girl who vanished Tuesday from her home near the Canadian border.

“There are lots of wooded areas in this part of New Hampshire,” Jane Young, spokeswoman for the New Hampshire Attorney General, told the Star on Friday. “In terms of people, we need all the manpower we can get.”

Celina Cass was last seen sitting at her computer in her bedroom Monday night in West Stewartstown, N. H. , three kilometres from the border with Quebec and a short walk from the border with Vermont.

“Right now, it’s dialogue with the Canadian authorities because of the location. We’re marshalling forces,” said Young.

The FBI on Thursday also joined the search, which involves New Hampshire and Vermont state police. Kieran Ramsey of the FBI told New Hampshire TV station WMUR there are more than 100 investigators working on the case, including the Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team.

“When an 11-year-old girl is missing, everybody rallies,” said Young. The attorney general’s office took over the investigation on Wednesday.

“We are doing searches of the area. We are talking to people. We are looking at computers. We are looking at phones.”

On her Facebook page, Cass said she plays basketball and likes singers Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga. Her favourite quote is: “You can’t stand to live with your family but you can’t stand to live without them.”

At least eight new Facebook pages are devoted to the search.

Her stepfather, Wendell Noyes, described Celina as a quiet girl who would not have left the home on her own. He declined to comment further, adding “I'm not really at liberty to say anything,” the Associated Press reported.

Shannon Towles, who owns Towles Mini-Mart on Route 3, said Celina's disappearance has shaken the town of 800.

“It's creepy,” she said. “Things like this don't happen here. I know that's kind of a tired phrase. I'm an overprotective mom as it is. Now it's going to be way worse.”

Towles said Celina is not the type to hitchhike or run away. “She's just a little girl and she's a nice little girl.”

Flyers showing the girl's gap-toothed smile are posted on trees, utility poles and stores in the town.

She and her stepfather live with her mother, Louisa Noyes and 13-year-old sister.

Towles said Cass’s father is very ill and is in hospital.

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Post by Carolina Girl on Fri Jul 29, 2011 7:53 pm

Missing New Hampshire Girl: Investigators Lower River to Aid Search


By RON CLAIBORNE, EMILY FRIEDMAN (@EmilyABC) and JESSICA HOPPER (@jesshop23)
STEWARTSTOWN, N.H. July 29, 2011

Investigators frantically searching for missing New Hampshire girl Celina Cass lowered the level of a river today and searched by helicopter for any sign of the girl.

At least 75 New Hampshire fish and game employees lowered the level of the Connecticut River, ABC Affiliate WMUR reported.

"We're looking for any clues, any disturbed ground, anything that will aid us in the search," said Sgt. Brian Adams from New Hampshire Fish and Game to WMUR.

Officials said that they have received 150 tips and this is still considered a missing persons case. Celina, 11, was last seen Monday evening in her bedroom at her computer. Since then, more than 100 searchers including the FBI and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have joined the search. Stewartstown, N.H., a community of 800 people, is just a mile Canada.

New Hampshire authorities plan to talk to every person in the tiny town for clues about Celina Cass' whereabouts.

"Every house, every individual in the neighborhood is being spoken to," New Hampshire Assistant Attorney General Jane Young said Thursday.

So far, this extraordinary effort has turned up nothing.

"I can tell you actually what we have not learned and that is where is Celina Cass now," FBI investigator Kiernan Ramsey said Thursday.

Ramsey remained hopeful.

"We're using advanced techniques from aviation to canines and the like. We are hopeful some positive outcome could result," Ramsey said.

The front lawn of the home where Celina lived with her mother, stepfather and 13-year-old sister has turned into a shrine of sorts, with candles, stuffed animals and notes to the missing fifth grader.

"It's a big world and she's a small girl and she's only 11. She doesn't know how to handle herself," said Stewartstown resident Shahannah Fuller.

Celina's mother and stepfather have not spoken to the media and requested "absolute privacy."

A family friend spoke for them Thursday.

"Celina is a young girl who is afraid and needs to be home with her family and friends," said family friend Kirsten Lyons. "We are pleading with anyone that has information to please contact the police. No piece of information is too small and every detail is very important. Celina is missed very much. We love her and we miss her smile and want her home."

ABC News' Elizabeth Smart, a survivor of abduction who was found nine months after being kidnapped, said that it's crucial that the family utilize the media in the search for their missing child.

"The early hours of any abduction is so important. I certainly can understand their shyness in wanting to reserve their privacy. Enough cannot be done in bringing a child home…it might be the media that brought them home. That's what brought me home, because my parents kept my story alive," Smart said.

Smart said that knowing that your family is doing everything possible to find you impacts a kidnapping victim.

"From the victim's perspective, I remember hoping and praying that people would not give up…I remember hearing some people calling my name. It was just a couple of days after I was kidnapped and knowing that people were out looking for me, knowing that people care about me, it can make all the difference...That gave me hope," she said.

The home where Celina disappeared from remains cordoned off with police tape. The family, along with the town, is being questioned by authorities. Smart said that as painful as it can be for the missing girl's family to be questioned by authorities, they must cooperate.

"I don't think any person can fully realize the pain that a family goes through unless they have experienced the same thing and so I think everything needs to be taken with a grain salt and just think of their daughter and of bringing their daughter home and if that's going to cross them off the suspect list..then I think they need to think of her and what's best and of bringing her home."

Brad Garrett, an ABC News consultant and a former FBI investigator, said that authorities typically start missing children's investigations by closely examining the family and then expand the investigation out.

"All behavior in a family is relevant when you're looking for a missing child. And if you have a parent, for example someone that has a history of domestic abuse or domestic violence, I would want to know everything there is to know about that."

Court Docs Reveal Past of Celina Cass' Stepfather

Court documents obtained by ABC News reveal that Celina's stepfather, Wendell Noyes, has a troubled past.

Noyes, 47, was involuntarily committed to a hospital in 2003 because of schizophrenia and arrested for threatening an ex-girlfriend, according to court documents.

Noyes was charged with violating a protective order held by his ex-girlfriend and for criminal trespassinig, criminal threatening and hindering apprehension.

The girlfriend, who lived with her two kids at the time, said that Noyes broke into her home while she was sleeping, lifted her mattress and slammed it down and then threatened to throw her down the stairs.

While awaiting trial, a judge ruled Noyes incompetent to stand trial and ordered him to be involuntarily placed in a hospital. Judge Richard Hampe wrote that Noyes' mental illness creates "a potentially serious likelihood of danger to himself and others."

A forensic examiner deemed Noyes a paranoid schizophrenic who likey developed his mental illness while in the Air Force, according to court documents.

Noyes has not been named a suspect in the disappearance. No suspects have been named at all.

Celina is 5-foot-5 and weighs 95 pounds, with long brown hair and hazel eyes and was last seen wearing a pink shirt, a pink pullover, blue shorts and shoes.

If you have any information about Celina's whereabouts, call New Hamphsire State Police at 603-846-3333.

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Post by kiwimom on Sat Jul 30, 2011 12:18 am

Authorities search Back Pond, comb woods for missing Stewartstown girl

Published Jul 29, 2011 at 3:00 am
(Updated Jul 29, 2011)








  • CELINA CASS








STEWARTSTOWN - A call went out for
firefighters Friday morning as teams formed and fanned out in several
areas around Stewartstown in the fourth day of the search for Celina
Cass, 11.

One team of searchers began looking in an area around
the Stewartstown Community School, while on the other end of town New
Hampshire Fish and Game conservation officers conducted line searches in
thick woods off Back Pond Road.

A Fish and Game boat, containing
a conservation officer, an unidentified law enforcement agent, and a
dog, was on the 22-acre pond, while a helicopter flew low up above.

Just
down the road, FBI agents jumped the fence at the Stewartstown transfer
station on Back Pond Road, but soon returned after a quick search.

"It's not a deep pond, it's a mud pond," said Emily Haynes, who lives on the road.

She
said it is not "the kind of place you'd want to swim," but fisherman go
out and try their luck and, in the woods, young people have parties.

She
and her husband, Keith, have watched the search all week and like
others in this tiny community, they are concerned about the
disappearance of Cass.

Emily Haynes said the effort "feels good that everyone is concerned enough to put the effort in up here."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact New Hampshire State Police at (603) 846-3333.
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Post by Carolina Girl on Sat Jul 30, 2011 3:15 pm

Stepfather of missing Celina Cass has 'violent, mentally-ill past' as FBI turns its attention towards her computer
Stepfather Wendell Noyes was committed for schizophrenia in 2003
Arrested for threatening ex-girlfriend
Noyes says family is 'grieving' as they issue plea for her safe return
Police plan on questioning every person in the town
Officials still not treating her disappearance as suspicious
By FIONA ROBERTS and RACHEL QUIGLEY
Last updated at 3:19 PM on 30th July 2011

As the search for missing 11-year-old Celina Cass enters its fifth day, police are now turning their attentions towards her computer as it has been revealed that her stepfather has a troubled past filled with allegations of criminal behaviour and mental illness.
Celina vanished without a trace from her bedroom on Monday, where she was last seen playing on her computer around 9pm. The next morning she was gone.
Police are desperately searching for her and plan to question everyone in the small town of Stewartstown, New Hampshire, which is just a mile away from the Canadian border.
Last night the stepfather of the shy fifth-grader, Wendell Noyes, said the family were 'grieving' - as a friend issued a statement on their behalf with a direct plea to Celina, saying 'we will not stop searching for you until you are back in our arms'.
It has emerged that Noyes, 47, was involuntarily committed in 2003 after being diagnosed with schizophrenia and arrested for threatening an ex-girlfriend.
According to court records obtained by ABC, the woman said Noyes broke into her home while she and her two children slept, picked up her mattress and slammed it down.
She also told authorities that he threatened to throw her down the stairs.
At the time, Judge Richard Hampe ruled Noyes was incompetent to stand trial, writing that the man's mental illness created 'a potentially serious likelihood of danger to himself and others'.
A forensic examiner said Noyes was a paranoid schizophrenic, who most likely developed the condition while he was in the Air Force.
Celina's family have said that she would never run away from home or leave with a stranger.
Speaking yesterday from the motel in Canaan, Vermont, where he and Celina's mother are staying, Noyes told the Boston Herald: 'Right now, we’re in the process of grieving.'

At a press conference last night, a friend broke down as she read out a statement on behalf of Celina's family.
She said: 'Our beautiful Celina is a happy child who brings much love and joy into the lives of those who know her. Her safe and speedy return is our sole priority and focus.

'We remain hopeful and vigilant and trust in the investigative abilities of the authorities involved. We pray that our little girl is returned home soon.
'We plead for answers and ask if you saw or know anything at all, however insignificant you may think your information is, that you come forward now without hesitation and share it with our investigators.

'And Celina, if you can hear this now, please know how much we love and we miss you. You are in our thoughts and in our prayers. We will not stop searching for you until you are back in our arms.'
Her disappearance has shaken the small town, with some fearing that she may have been taken out of the country.
State police from New Hampshire and Vermont, along with FBI child abduction specialists and U.S. border patrol, scoured the area Thursday, even sending agents as far as New York and Virginia.
Investigators say they have little to go on, with no signs of an abduction or a struggle but no sign she ran away either.
Jane Young, New Hampshire's assistant attorney general, said they were going to talk to every person in town.
'Every house, every individual in the neighbourhood is being spoken to,' she said.
She added: 'We just continue to look for her with all available assets. We don’t have any evidence at this juncture to indicate that this is a criminal investigation.”
Investigators are painstakingly going through 225 tips, some of which have come from as far away as North Carolina and Illinois.
More than 100 searchers are now involved in the manhunt for the 11-year-old girl, including the FBI and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The town of just 800 people is only a mile from Canada.
So far, this extraordinary effort has turned up nothing.

Kiernan Ramsey of the FBI's New Hampshire office told ABC: 'We're using advanced techniques from aviation to canines and the like. We are hopeful some positive outcome could result.'

He added: 'Some have made a lot of debate as to whether this is a missing persons case or an abduction. I will tell you, from the FBI's perspective, labelling of this case does not matter, when it comes to the resources that we are bringing to bear.'
The front lawn of the home where Celina lives with her mother, stepfather and 13-year-old sister has been turned into a shrine, with candles, stuffed animals and notes to the missing fifth grader.
Community members outside the home are flagging down cars and handing out flyers with Celina's image.
'It's a big world and she's a small girl and she's only 11. She doesn't know how to handle herself,' said Stewartstown resident Shahannah Fuller.
Celina's mother and stepfather have not spoken to the television media, and have requested 'absolute privacy'.
On Wednesday an extensive land search was scaled back, and police trawled the Connecticut River using two boats.
They lowered the waterway so helicopters could scour it from the air, while officers desperately searching an area within a half-mile radius of her home.
Friends and neighbours have been holding candlelit vigils for Celina every night since she disappeared, as they desperately pray for her safe return. They gather around a framed photograph of the schoolgirl on a picnic table, surrounded by candles.
Friends say Celina was the last person they'd expect to run away.
Fighting back tears and holding a lit candle at the gathering, family friend Rebecca Goodrum said: 'She never went anywhere without her mom or sister.'

She said: 'She was beautiful. She was the light of everything.'
Another, Kayla Baglio, said: 'She is very shy. If she doesn't know you, she'd look at her sister to see if it was OK to talk to you.
One of Celina's schoolfriends, 11-year-old Makayla Riendeau, said she was very athletic and a stickler about getting her school work done on time.
She said: 'She's a very good friend, and she never lets anybody down.
Shannon Towles, who owns a mini-mart on Route 3, said her disappearance had shaken the town, which has just 800 residents.
She said: 'It's creepy. Things like this don't happen here. I know that's kind of a tired phrase. I'm an overprotective mom as it is. Now it's going to be way worse.'

Mrs Towles said Celina wasn't the type of girl to hitchhike or run away. She said: 'She's just a little girl and she's a nice little girl.'
Celina attends Stewartstown Community School, where she is one of just 85 pupils.
The district superintendent described her as popular and well-liked, and said six counsellors were on hand to help students cope with her disappearance.
Mrs Towles said her daughter, Echo, had asked her whether she thought Celina was still alive.
She said: 'How do I answer that question? And do I want to? I don't want to think about it, but I pray every second that she is.'
Friends and neighbours have spent the last four days posting flyers showing her smiling face on every available lamppost and tree trunk.

On Thursday police searched the woods behind an apartment building about a mile north of the town. They carried bags and boxes, but it was unclear if they collected anything.
Later officers went into Celina's home, then stretched yellow crime scene tape around it before posting a uniformed officer outside.
Then plain clothes police officers wearing purple rubber gloves surrounded a red pick-up truck parked across the street from the house, taking photographs and looking inside.
Lieutenant Douglas Gralenski, a state Fish and Game Department official helping to search the river, said: 'Honestly, we don't know where else we can look. There's so much that's unknown.'
He said: 'It's not a deep river. You'd be hard-pressed to find six to eight feet in most of it in that area. When we had it drawn down, it was exceptionally low.'
The investigation has now been passed on to the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office.


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Post by TomTerrific0420 on Sat Jul 30, 2011 6:53 pm

The investigation has now been passed on to the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office.
---Well now, this is interesting!
One would think that the AG wouldn't be involved until such time as there was evidence of a crime, and a suspect.
Just like "the butler did it" in the old crime novels, methinks the Stepdad has some 'splainin to do...
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Post by TomTerrific0420 on Sat Jul 30, 2011 7:00 pm

STEWARTSTOWN, N.H. – The
FBI said Saturday it was offering a $25,000 reward for information
leading to the whereabouts of an 11-year-old northern New Hampshire girl
who's been missing for five days.
The reward would also cover information
leading to the arrest and prosecution of anyone responsible for the
disappearance of fifth grader Celina Cass, Supervisory Special Agent
Kieran Ramsey said at a news conference at the Stewartstown Community School.
"This reward should not be read into that we
are transitioning in any way in this investigation," Ramsey said,
adding that recent, successful cases of recovered missing children have
resulted in vigilance from the public.
"We are still aggressively -- aggressively -- searching and hoping to bring Celina Cass home," he said.
Jane Young of the state attorney general's
office said a community member was adding a $5,000 reward for any
information leading to the discovery of Celina.
Celina was last seen Monday night at her
home computer near Stewartstown, which is about a mile from the Canadian
border. Numerous investigators have knocked on over 300 doors in the
area and in neighboring Vermont and have searched fields, woods, ponds and a river.
"We have at least another 100 men available to come in and assist with this investigation when needed," Young said.
Police have said there is no indication Celina ran away or that someone took her. She lives in a three-story
house with her mother and stepfather.
Lt. Robert Quinn of the New Hampshire State
Police said he's been in contact with the heads of the state police in
Massachusetts, Vermont and Connecticut. "They've shown an overwhelming
support for us in this investigation," he said. "They will be sending
additional resources here today."
He added: "We're going to do whatever it takes to locate this lost child."
Fliers featuring photos of the girl with a
gap-toothed smile were put up throughout Stewartstown and neighboring
communities. Residents have passed out purple and pink ribbons and held vigils.
Celina is 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighs about 95 pounds and has hazel eyes and waist-length brown hair.

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Post by kiwimom on Sun Jul 31, 2011 12:15 am

TomTerrific0420 wrote:
The investigation has now been passed on to the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office.
---Well now, this is interesting!
One would think that the AG wouldn't be involved until such time as there was evidence of a crime, and a suspect.
Just like "the butler did it" in the old crime novels, methinks the Stepdad has some 'splainin to do...
Tom, I don't like him being quoted as saying they are grieving! You can't believe everything printed in the media, but it's an unusual thing to say if he did say that.
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Post by onehope on Sun Jul 31, 2011 1:17 am

kiwimom wrote:
TomTerrific0420 wrote:
The investigation has now been passed on to the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office.
---Well now, this is interesting!
One would think that the AG wouldn't be involved until such time as there was evidence of a crime, and a suspect.
Just like "the butler did it" in the old crime novels, methinks the Stepdad has some 'splainin to do...
Tom, I don't like him being quoted as saying they are grieving! You can't believe everything printed in the media, but it's an unusual thing to say if he did say that.
I also think it was an unusual thing for him to say at the very beginning, when asked if he had a message for her, it was something to the effect..."get her butt home". That is an unusual statement for a child that has never given any indication of running away.Every indication is that she would not have run away, and was very shy. Suspect
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Post by TomTerrific0420 on Sun Jul 31, 2011 5:03 am

WEST STEWARTS-TOWN, N.H. — Police
picked through garbage and planned today to dive into local waters
looking for clues into the disappearance of Celina Cass, the soft-spoken
11-year-old who vanished Monday night, as hope began to falter for
unsettled townsfolk.

Meanwhile, the FBI yesterday offered a $25,000 reward for information
leading to Cass’ discovery, on top of a $5,000 reward raised locally.

“After five days the chances are slim to find her alive,” said
Richard Latendresse, 64, owner of a hotel in Canaan, Vt., where the
family had been staying before returning home yesterday, after police
completed searching the multi-family dwelling on Route 3. Family members
declined to speak with reporters.

Residents said police canvassing hundreds of homes had collected
household garbage and were going through it, looking for clues. Police
also spent time at Back Pond.

Jane Young of the state attorney general’s office said dive teams
would be brought in today, but she would not specify where they would
search for the girl.

FBI Supervisory Special Agent Kieran Ramsey, announcing the $25,000
reward, said, “This reward should not be read into that we are
transitioning in any way in this investigation.”

“We are still aggressively — aggressively — searching and hoping to bring Celina Cass home,” Ramsey said.

Residents said they believed the rewards could be effective.

“That’ll get some gums flapping,” said Robby Kimball, 53, owner of
Wayne’s Lanes and Jo’s Bar in neighboring Canaan. “Ain’t no doubt about
it, whether it’s right or wrong, that’ll get some gums flapping.”

Investigators from multiple federal and state agencies, including the
Massachusetts state police who arrived with all-terrain vehicles, again
trekked through the rugged, wooded north country landscape.

“We have some very extreme terrain here, even the mountain goats
don’t like,” said local emergency management director Bill Allen, adding
there are plenty of places that could conceal a body indefinitely in
the area on the Canadian border.

Nearly a week into the search, people here began to voice concerns Cass may never be found.

“It’s a pretty sad mood for everyone,” said West Stewartstown
selectman Jimmy Gilbert. “It’s hard not knowing. Everyone wants to know.”


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Post by TomTerrific0420 on Sun Jul 31, 2011 5:06 am

STEWARTSTOWN, N.H. - Less than 2 miles from
the Canadian border, this tiny community is typical of a small town in
almost every clichéd way. Diner waitresses ask if customers want “the
usual.’’ Residents leave front doors unlocked and car keys in the
ignition. At gas stations, drivers fill up their tanks and pay inside later.

But last week, life in the village of West Stewartstown has been far from typical.

More than 100 law enforcement officials from New Hampshire and Vermont, the
FBI, the US Border Patrol, and the Fish and Game Department have been
combing over the town of 386 - one of New Hampshire’s most northernmost
outposts - and the surrounding area. Massachusetts State Police joined the search yesterday.

They are all looking for Celina Cass, the 11-year-old girl last seen Monday night sitting at the computer in her bedroom.

So far, authorities have not said what they believe happened to her. But
they are using every tactic in their arsenal to help find her.
Surrounding woods have been searched by officers on foot, on all-terrain
vehicles, in helicopters, and with the aid of police canine units.

Officials with New Hampshire Fish and Game lowered water levels on the Connecticut River
to help with the hunt. A portable cellphone tower was installed in the
town to aid with communication between law enforcement agencies.

And yesterday, FBI agent Kieran Ramsey announced that a $25,000 reward is
being offered for information about the girl’s whereabouts, or that
would lead to the arrest and prosecution of any person responsible for
her disappearance. Another $5,000 is being offered by an anonymous donor.

At a news conference last evening, Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young gave little
additional information about the progress of the investigation, saying
only that dive teams are being brought in to search bodies of water. She
encouraged the public to continue submitting tips to authorities.

“We are looking at those tips, and we are honing the investigation through those tips,’’ she said.

So far, Cass’s family has not spoken publicly about her disappearance. At a
candlelight vigil Friday night in the town’s park - a vigil has been
held every night since Cass’s disappearance - the family stayed in the
center of the crowd, friends, and neighbors forming a circle around them
to protect them from the view of news cameras.

The family has hung blankets across the front porch of their home and “NO
TRESPASSING’’ signs are posted to warn the TV news vans parked across the street.

West Stewartstown is a village within Stewartstown, which has about 1,000
residents who seem to have a strong sense of identity as being from one
or the other.

Locals say they do not understand how this could have happened here, in the small
town they proudly believed was safer than cities like Concord or Manchester.
“Everybody here - we all grew up together,’’ said Lisa Skidgel, 42, of Canaan, a bordering town that lies
only a few hundred feet from the Cass house. “My kids hang out with the
kids of people I grew up with.’’

And that, for many West Stewartstown
residents, is what makes this case so frightening; the thought that
anyone who knew the family could have any involvement in her disappearance.

“I don’t want to think that it’s anybody from around here,’’ said Nancee Harrigan,
57, who has lived in the area nearly 30 years. “If it’s anyone we know,
it will be so devastating to this town.’’

Cass’s look is distinctive - she 5 foot 5 and gangly, with brown hair and a
snaggletooth - and friends said they hope that will aid in the search
for her. Basketball was her main passion, and she was the tallest member
of the Canaan girls’ Pee Wee League. She went fishing on weekends, and
she adored her pets, a white cat named Whitey and a tabby kitten she called Saidy.

Most of all, friends said, she loved her family. She spent much of her time walking
around the neighborhood by her sister’s side, or sitting on the porch
with her mother, said Amanda Chapple, who used to live next door to the Cass family.

Locals agreed that Cass was not the type to run away.

She was quiet. The dark terrified her. She liked to spend time with her friends and was slow to open up to strangers.

While she was last seen at the computer, there is little to be gleaned from
messages she posted on Facebook. She had been a member since at least
September 2010 and had 34 friends. Most of her posts talked about her
cats, her basketball games, or the times she spent with her sister.

Her last post was at 11:27 a.m. on the Thursday before her disappearance; she had wished a friend a happy birthday.

Under her favorite quotations, Cass wrote: “you cant stand to live with your family but you cant stand to live without them.’’

The case has attracted national and international attention. Reporters from
New England television stations gathered outside the girl’s home and
school. Stories about the girl have appeared in newspapers in Atlanta,
Houston, San Francisco, and London.

Faith Beloin, 37, a cashier at Towle’s Market on Route 3, is a friend of
Cass’s mother and used to drive the school bus when her daughter was in
preschool. She said she has never seen such an influx of people into her town.

“I saw it on the “Nancy Grace’’ show the other night, and I was like, ‘Wow,’’’ she said. “I couldn’t believe it.’’

A number of Facebook pages have been set up with names such as, “Help
find Celina Cass’’ and “Prayers for Celina Cass.’’ Many of the posts
offer prayers for the missing girl.

The army of searchers face challenges with enormous swaths of woods
surrounding Stewartstown, where a sign says lies on the 45th parallel,
halfway between the North Pole and the equator.

From any vantage point in town, rolling mountains thick with trees stretch into the clouds.

“It’s harder up here in the mountains,’’ said Danny Mathieu, 53, of
Stewartstown. “They’re endless, and we’re right in the middle.’’

The Rev. Craig Cheney of the North American Martyrs Parish, who has led
Cass’s family and friends in prayer at the nightly vigils, said most
members of the community are in agreement: Her family members “deserve
the peace of mind of knowing what happened to their daughter.’’

“For most everybody,’’ he said, “the hope is just that she’s some place.’’


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Post by TomTerrific0420 on Sun Jul 31, 2011 6:01 pm

Police deny they have given up hope that missing 11-year-old New
Hampshire girl Celina Cass will be found alive, and the state has asked
for manpower and equipment from neighboring states to aide in the
search.

"It also could well be true that they just don't have any really viable
leads on what happened or where Celina may be and they're hoping that
the reward money will bring someone forward," said ABC News consultant
and former FBI agent Brad Garrett.

"If someone has lured her away from her house, the odds of something bad happening are reasonably high," Garrett added.

The FBI announced a $25,000 reward for information leading to Celina,
and an anonymous member of the community added another $5,000 to the
reward pot, according to Assistant Attorney General Jane Young.

Celina has been missing since Monday night from her home in
Stewartstown, N.H. Stewartstown, which has a population of 900, is not a
wealthy area, so authorities are hoping this reward could be a huge
motivation for someone to come forward.

FBI agent Kieran Ramsey said at a Saturday afternoon news conference
that the reward would also cover information leading to the arrest and
prosecution of anyone responsible for Celina Cass' disappearance.

On Friday, at least 75 New Hampshire fish and game employees lowered the
level of the Connecticut River and investigators searched frantically
for Celina by helicopter, ABC Affiliate WMUR reported.

"We're looking for any clues, any disturbed ground, anything that will
aid us in the search," said Sgt. Brian Adams from New Hampshire Fish and
Game to WMUR.

"We have done line searches, and we're having dive teams come in
tomorrow to search bodies of water," said Young in a press conference
Saturday evening.

Young would not comment on which bodies of water will be searched.

"If we're not going to leave any stone unturned we have to look in bodies of water as well as land areas," Young added.

Officials said that they have received 150 tips and this is still
considered a missing persons case. Celina was last seen Monday evening
in her bedroom at her computer. Since then, more than 100 searchers
including the FBI and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have joined the
search. Stewartstown is just a mile from Canada.

New Hampshire authorities plan to talk to every person in the tiny town for clues about Celina's whereabouts.

"Every house, every individual in the neighborhood is being spoken to,"
New Hampshire Assistant Attorney General Jane Young said Thursday.

So far, this extraordinary effort has turned up nothing.

"I can tell you actually what we have not learned and that is where is
Celina Cass now," FBI investigator Kiernan Ramsey said Thursday.

Ramsey remained hopeful.

"We're using advanced techniques from aviation to canines and the like.
We are hopeful some positive outcome could result," Ramsey said.

The front lawn of the home where Celina lived with her mother,
stepfather and 13-year-old sister has turned into a shrine of sorts,
with candles, stuffed animals and notes to the missing fifth grader.

New Hampshire Town Searches for 11-Year-Old Celina Cass


Community members outside the home are flagging down cars and handing out flyers with Celina's image.

"It's a big world and she's a small girl and she's only 11. She doesn't
know how to handle herself," said Stewartstown resident Shahannah
Fuller.

Celina's mother and stepfather have not spoken to the media and requested "absolute privacy."

A family friend spoke for them Thursday.

"Celina is a young girl who is afraid and needs to be home with her
family and friends," said family friend Kirsten Lyons. "We are pleading
with anyone that has information to please contact the police. No
piece of information is too small and every detail is very important.
Celina is missed very much. We love her and we miss her smile and want
her home."

Court Docs Reveal Past of Celina Cass' Stepfather


Court documents obtained by ABC News reveal that Celina's stepfather, Wendell Noyes, has a troubled past.

Noyes, 47, was involuntarily committed to a hospital in 2003 because of
schizophrenia and arrested for threatening an ex-girlfriend, according
to court documents.

Noyes was charged with violating a protective order held by his
ex-girlfriend and for criminal trespassing, criminal threatening and
hindering apprehension.

The girlfriend, who lived with her two kids at the time, said that Noyes
broke into her home while she was sleeping, lifted her mattress and
slammed it down and then threatened to throw her down the stairs.

While awaiting trial, a judge ruled Noyes incompetent to stand trial and
ordered him to be involuntarily placed in a hospital. Judge Richard
Hampe wrote that Noyes' mental illness creates "a potentially serious
likelihood of danger to himself and others."

A forensic examiner deemed Noyes a paranoid schizophrenic who likely
developed his mental illness while in the Air Force, according to court
documents.

Noyes has not been named a suspect in the disappearance. No suspects have been named.

Celina is 5-foot-5 and weighs 95 pounds, with long brown hair and hazel
eyes and was last seen wearing a pink shirt, a pink pullover, blue
shorts and shoes.

If you have any information about Celina's whereabouts, call New Hampshire State Police at 603-846-3333.



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Post by TomTerrific0420 on Sun Jul 31, 2011 6:38 pm

WEBSTER, N.H. -- Investigators say
offering up a cash reward is the next logical step in a case like the
disappearance of Celina Cass, because so many days have gone by with no
information leading to her recovery.“One of the things we are
looking at is every single possibility that is out there to get someone
to give up information is crucial,” said Don Nason, a former law
enforcement officer who now runs an investigative center for missing
children and cold cases. Nason says that a cash reward can often times
produce vital information.“The next step here giving some money
out and seeing if anyone is going to come forward. Someone who
otherwise wouldn't come forward without the money,” said Nason.Nnason
and his team have been watching this case very closely. They say one of
the most difficult obstacles is the vast rural space where the search
is being conducted, just minutes from the Canadian border.“It's a
lot of woods, a lot of trails, a lot of camps so it's a very vast area.
That's the problem is trying to cover all of that,” said Nason.It
has been several days now since the 11-year-old disappeared from her
home in New Hampshire's north country. Since then, her family has
remained silent. Nason says there could be a reason for that.“Usually
the family is out there talking. I'm not sure why they are not. It
could be that the FBI has asked them not to for some reason. I normally
like to see the family out there pleading for anyone who knows
information to come out there and talk,” said Nason.Nason is hoping that someone comes forward with information that leads to the 11-year-old soon.“Somebody
knows something. And they may not even realize they know it. If they
don't feel comfortable talking to law enforcement find someone they are
comfortable talking with and get that word out,” said Nason.
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Post by TomTerrific0420 on Sun Jul 31, 2011 6:43 pm

From the above article:
“Usually
the family is out there talking. I'm not sure why they are not. It
could be that the FBI has asked them not to for some reason. I normally
like to see the family out there pleading for anyone who knows
information to come out there and talk,” said Nason

--- I agree with Mr. Nason in that family pleas are especially helpful in garnering community support, cooperation and vigilance.
I would add that if the feds have muzzled the family, then there is more evidence than is being publicly released. My step-dad theory is getting more concrete every day.
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Post by kiwimom on Sun Jul 31, 2011 11:50 pm

Missing children's expert weighs in on Celina Cass

Jul 31, 2011 5:52pm

(NECN: Scot Yount, Boston, MA) - "Commonly when kids disappear it is
from them running away," said David Finkelhor, of The Crimes against
Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire.

Now in its sixth day, the search for 11-year-old Celina Cass has not lost
steam, but there is little question that with every passing day without a
sign of the missing girl, hope diminishes that she might be found
alive.

"If she just went out and got injured, you'd expect somebody to have found her by now or made her way back," said Finkelhor.

David Finkelhor heads up the University of New Hampshire's Crimes against
Children Research Center. He says there are only four main scenarios to
explain her disappearance. Running away always tops the list but it is
clear authorities don't believe that is the case here.

Celina was last seen in her bedroom on her home computer on Monday. Social media is now always a concern.

"The idea that she went off to meet someone that she met on the internet, we
find that most of those kids are in the 13 and older group and so she
is a little bit young for that, but it is not completely out of the
realm of possibility," said Finkelhor.

Abduction by a stranger is another fear, but seems less likely in this case because abductions
by someone unknown to the child are quite rare in rural situations.

"Those tend to be very unusual and in fact, an awful lot of the cases that are
first treated as stranger abduction turn out to be foul play at the
hands of family members," said Finkelhor.

Foul play by a family member is the fourth possibility.

Family members have shielded themselves from cameras and reporters, and
investigators have looked closely at the home, even combing through the
trash. All of this is certainly hard on everyone, but the parents
especially.

"To treat them as though they are suspects is just a
terrible insult, but it is something that police really have to do and I
am sure that they are considering in this case," said Finkelhor.

This case is tearing at the fabric of this tiny New England town.
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Post by TomTerrific0420 on Mon Aug 01, 2011 3:20 pm

STEWARTSTOWN, N.H. - The stepfather of missing New Hampshire girl Celina Cass has
reportedly been rushed to the hospital.
According to New Hampshire station WMUR, Wendell Noyes was
rushed by ambulance to Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital.
Celina was last seen at her home on July 25. Investigators say there's no
indication she ran away or someone took her, nor are there signs of a struggle.
State police, fish and game and the U.S. Border
Patrol have been helping search the area looking for the girl. Senior
Assistant Attorney General Jane Young said it is still being treated as a
missing persons case. The FBI joined the search late last week with a
four- to six-person "child abduction rapid deployment team."
Celina's friend, 11-year-old Makayla Riendeau, described the girl as very
athletic and a stickler about getting her school work done on time.
"She's a very good friend, and she never lets anybody down," Makayla said.


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Post by mom_in_il on Mon Aug 01, 2011 5:21 pm

VT authority confirms a body was found in the CT River near home of missing NH girl

West Stewartstown, New Hampshire -- August 1, 2011

BREAKING: Essex County states attorney Vincent Illuzzi has confirmed that investigators have found a body in the Connecticut River Monday morning, where police are searching for missing 11-year-old New Hampshire girl Celina Cass.

Illuzzi says the body was found about 9:00 a.m.. He says an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death. The body has not been identified yet, and New Hampshire authorities would not talk about the discovery.

This is about a quarter-of-a-mile from where Cass was last seen, in her home in West Stewartstown home on July 25.

State Police from Vermont and New Hampshire have a heavy presence on the Power House Road in Canaan, Vermont, where the search for a missing 11-year-old Celina Cass continues.

Cass' stepfather, Wendell Noyes, was taken to Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital by ambulance Monday morning.

There are about three dozens law enforcement officials in the area and the New Hampshire Attorney General was also called to the scene. Reporters were asked to leave the area and the region was blocked off to the public.

The father of Cass is now pleading for her safe return. Adam Laro was in the hospital when his daughter was last seen in her West Stewartstown home, where she lives with her mother and stepfather. Laro says he can't imagine she'd ever leave on her own -- and hopes she knows he's waiting for her.

The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward in the missing persons case. A separate $5,000 reward is also being offered.

WCAX News

http://www.wcax.com/story/15186364/police
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Re: CELINA CASS - 11 yo (2011) Stewartstown (Canada, NH-VT Border) NH

Post by mom_in_il on Mon Aug 01, 2011 7:51 pm

Authorities Continue Search For Celina Cass

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At about 10:45 a.m. Monday, a dive team came up from the water, and shortly after, other investigators and Assistant Attorney General Jane Young went to the scene. The media were asked to leave the area and go to the command center in West Stewartstown.

Roads on the Canaan side of the river have been closed off, blocking the view of the river.

Police returned to the home in the afternoon and put up crime tape. The family did not appear to be there.

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Post by mom_in_il on Mon Aug 01, 2011 8:42 pm

globepete Peter Schworm
Authorities expected to address media later this afternoon on the body found in the Connecticut River earlier today. #celinacass
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(He's with the Boston Globe)
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Post by mom_in_il on Mon Aug 01, 2011 8:43 pm

Live Updates here: http://livewire.wmur.com/Event/Authorities_Continue_Search_For_Celina_Cass

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Post by mom_in_il on Mon Aug 01, 2011 10:11 pm

Beginning now: http://www.wmur.com/video/28729984/detail.html

Confirming that it is Celina . . . Crying or Very sad

They are treating it as a suspicious death
by Kevin Clay/Staff 5:05 PM

Autopsy scheduled for 9am tomorrow
by Kevin Clay/Staff 5:05 PM

They are talking to witnesses who were in the area where she was last seen
by Kevin Clay/Staff 5:06 PM

Fish and Game divers found the body. The area was secured and police began processing the area.
by Kevin Clay/Staff 5:06 PM

The body is being taken to Concord for the autopsy
by Kevin Clay/Staff 5:06 PM

Cause and manner of death have not been determined. It is being treated as a criminal investigation.
by Kevin Clay/Staff 5:07 PM

They are continuing to investigate areas where she was last seen, which is why the home is taped off.
by Kevin Clay/Staff 5:07 PM

The river search was a routine search because it was near the home, Asst. AG Jane Young says.
by Kevin Clay/Staff 5:07 PM

She says the home and the vehicles that are taped off are "routine"
by Kevin Clay/Staff 5:08 PM

They haven't made a determination on where her body was put in the river.
by Kevin Clay/Staff 5:08 PM

Young won't comment on what their visual observations were of the body.
by Kevin Clay/Staff 5:09 PM

She said they received 500 tips and thanked the media for getting the message out.
by Kevin Clay/Staff 5:09 PM

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