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Celina Cass' Stepfather Checks Into Mental Institution

FBI(STEWARTSTOWN, N.H.) -- Celina Cass' stepfather, whose truck has been hauled away by police investigating the girl's death, has checked himself into a mental health facility, ABC News affiliate WMUR reported Thursday.

The station also reported that the girl's body was found wrapped in a blanket when a dive team discovered her body in the Connecticut River near a dam a quarter mile from her West Stewartstown, N.H., home earlier this week.

No suspects or persons of interest have been identified by police, but investigators have strung crime scene tape around the Cass home, obtained a search warrant for the house, and on Wednesday they hauled away the silver pick-up truck that was usually driven by the girl's stepfather Wendell Noyes.

Noyes, 47, has checked into a psychiatric facility, WMUR reported. It is the second time in recent days Noyes has been hospitalized. He was rushed to the hospital after acting bizarrely on Monday, the day Celina's body was discovered in the river.

The stepfather has a history of psychiatric problems. He was involuntarily committed to a mental facility in 2003 because of schizophrenia and arrested for threatening an ex-girlfriend, according to court documents. At the time, the judge in the case wrote that Noyes was "a potentially serious likelihood of danger to himself and others."

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 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.

Earlier this week Assistant Attorney General Jane Young said Celina's death is considered suspicious based on "a visual observation of Miss Cass' body both in and out of water."

An autopsy completed Tuesday yielded no definitive answers as to how the 11-year-old died.

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Missing New Hampshire Girl: Investigators Lower River to Aid Search

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(STEWARTSTOWN, N.H.) -- Investigators frantically searching for missing New Hampshire girl Celina Cass lowered the level of a river Friday and searched by helicopter for any sign of the girl.

"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.

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 from the Canadian border.

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

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

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