West Stewartstown, United States (NTN24) – A community in New Hampshire mourns after the body of 11-year-old Celina Cass, who had been missing for a week, is found in a river near the Canadian border.
Divers pulled the body of a missing 11-year-old girl, Celina Cass, from the Connecticut River on Monday (August 1) not far from her New Hampshire home. Authorities called her death “suspicious.”
A dive team from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department found her body near a hydropower station in West Stewartstown, a New Hampshire town of about 1,000 residents near the Canadian border.
“Until we determine the cause and manner of her death, we are just going forward as a suspicious death, but we are treating it as a criminal investigation based on what we know at this juncture,” said Jane Young, a New Hampshire senior assistant attorney general.
Young declined to give details about the cause of death, citing the need for an autopsy.
People in the small New Hampshire community gathered together for a candlelight prayer vigil on Monday. Some held balloons with personal messages written on them.
Cass was last seen at home at about 9 p.m. local time on July 25. The 5-foot 5-inch tall Cass, who has long brown hair and hazel eyes, was wearing a pink shirt, pink pullover, and blue shorts before she disappeared, authorities said.
Over the weekend, the Federal Bureau of Investigation offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the girl and the arrest of anyone responsible for her disappearance. In addition, a private citizen offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to her whereabouts.