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Thursday
Aug042011

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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Wednesday
Aug032011

Pick-Up Truck Driven By Celina Cass' Stepfather Seized By Police

FBI(STEWARTSTOWN, N.H.) -- Police investigating the suspicious death of 11-year-old Celina Cass focused on the fifth grader's home Wednesday, taking a truck that neighbors said was driven by the girl's stepfather.

Investigators hauled away a silver pickup truck from the Cass home Wednesday afternoon, part of their continued search for evidence and witnesses.

Neighbor Shannon Towle told ABC News that Wendell Noyes, Celina's stepfather, drives a truck matching that description. She often sees Noyes at her husband's West Stewartstown store, Towles Mini Mart, where he is a regular customer.

She said in the small town of 800 the fact that he drives a silver pickup is "common knowledge."

Noyes, 47, was taken by ambulance to a hospital Monday after behaving bizarrely. His odd behavior and hospitalization came about the same time that searchers found the girl's body in a nearby lake next to a dam.

Court documents obtained by ABC News reveal that Celina's stepfather, Wendell Noyes, has a troubled past. In 2003, the stepfather was involuntarily committed to a hospital 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 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.

So far nobody has been named a suspect in Celina's disappearance and death.

Assistant Attorney General Jane Young said Tuesday evening that Celina's autopsy has been completed and the cause and manner of death are still pending.

A dive team pulled Celina's remains from the Connecticut River Monday, just a quarter mile from her hometown of West Stewartstown, N.H.

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Sunday
Jul312011

FBI Offers $25K Reward for Info on Missing N.H. Girl

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(STEWARTSTOWN, N.H.) -- The FBI has announced a $25,000 reward for information leading to missing 11-year-old New Hampshire girl Celina Cass.

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.

Celina has been missing since Monday night from her home in Stewartstown, N.H.

A member of the community has added another $5,000 to the reward pot, according to Assistant Attorney General Jane Young.

Stewartstown, which has a population of 900, is not a rich area, so authorities are hoping this reward could be a huge motivation for someone to come forward.

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.

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.

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