Missing NH Girl Found in River

Celina Cass' death considered suspicious; autopsy set for tomorrow

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Aug 1, 2011 5:30 PM CDT

(Newser) – Authorities say the body of an 11-year-old New Hampshire girl who disappeared nearly a week ago has been found in a river less than half a mile from her home. Divers found Celina Cass' body this morning near a hydroelectric dam that spans the Connecticut River between her hometown of Stewartstown and Canaan, Vt. Prosecutor Jane Young confirmed the identity at a news conference this evening.

The discovery followed nearly a week of intense searching that attracted more than 100 federal, state, and local law enforcement officers to the town of 800 residents a mile from the Canadian border. Cass was last seen alive in her home on July 25. Young says her death is considered suspicious. An autopsy is planned for tomorrow. Click for more.

This 2010 photo shows Celina Cass of West Stewartstown, NH, in a basketball team uniform. Cass was last seen at her home the night of Monday, July 25, 2011.
This 2010 photo shows Celina Cass of West Stewartstown, NH, in a basketball team uniform. Cass was last seen at her home the night of Monday, July 25, 2011.   (Don Whipple)
State Police officers watch as a woman identified as Celina Cass' mother, under blanket, is escorted from the family home in Stewartstown, NH, Wednesday, July 27, 2011.
State Police officers watch as a woman identified as Celina Cass' mother, under blanket, is escorted from the family home in Stewartstown, NH, Wednesday, July 27, 2011.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
State Police enter the family home of Celina Cass in Stewartstown, NH, Wednesday, July 27, 2011. Cass, 11, has been reported missing since Monday, July 25, 2011.
State Police enter the family home of Celina Cass in Stewartstown, NH, Wednesday, July 27, 2011. Cass, 11, has been reported missing since Monday, July 25, 2011.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Lori McKearney, of Lancaster, NH, right, and Kaylin Pettit, of Stewartstown, NH, post missing posters for 11-year-old Celina Cass, Wednesday, July 28, 2011.
Lori McKearney, of Lancaster, NH, right, and Kaylin Pettit, of Stewartstown, NH, post missing posters for 11-year-old Celina Cass, Wednesday, July 28, 2011.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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