STEWARTSTOWN, N.H. (AP) – 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’s body Monday morning near a hydroelectric dam that spans the Connecticut River between her hometown of Stewartstown, N.H., and Canaan, Vt.
Prosecutor Jane Young confirmed the identity at a news conference Monday night.
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WMUR-TV reports that Celina’s stepfather, Wendell Noyes, was taken by ambulance Monday morning to Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital. The reason for his hospitalization is not yet known.
CANAAN, Vt. — A body has been found by a dam on the Connecticut River by teams searching for a missing 11-year-old girl.
Crews searched an area near the Canaan Hydro-Dam as investigators continued to look for clues in the disappearance of 11-year-old Celina Cass, who was last seen in her West Stewartstown, N.H., home on July 25.
Essex County state attorney Vincent Illuzzi said a female body was found near the dam, but no identification had been made.
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.
Roads on the Canaan side of the river were closed off, blocking the view of the river.
Monday afternoon, several of Celina’s relatives had gathered at her home and could be seen crying.
The FBI has offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the location of Celina and the arrest and prosecution of a suspect.
A separate $5,000 reward from an anonymous citizen was announced for anyone who can provide information leading to her whereabouts.
Celina’s family said they last saw her at her computer shortly before she went to bed the night of July 25. The next morning when they went to wake her up, she was gone.
Her disappearance led to a massive law enforcement effort involving more than 50 FBI agents and an equal number of officials from state and local police, search crews and dive teams. Investigators have said that they had received hundreds of tips but few solid leads.
Over the weekend, Celina’s father, Adam Laro, pleaded for her safe return. Monday morning, her stepfather, Wendell Noyes, was taken by ambulance to Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital.