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The body of 11-year-old Celina Cass has been found in the Connecticut River in New Hampshire, prompting an investigation. During a press conference held live by the Senior Assistant Attorney General, Jane Young, it was learned that an autopsy will be performed hoping to determine the exact cause of death.
On HLN’s Nancy Grace, Charlie Jordan from the Colebrook Chronicle spoke to host Deborah Norville and provided an update on the case.
“Well, it was really the way we hoped things weren`t going to end, but they did develop that way, unfortunately. It went from a missing persons, Deborah, to a suspicious death. I mean, this is going to be very hard for the community. In back of me is the school that Celina was going to be entering 5th grade in this fall. So it`s a very sad situation.”
Speculation has rested upon Celina’s Facebook page as some have wondered if it holds any clues to her disappearance. Others have questioned whether or not her stepfather, Wendell Noyes, may be involved as he was the last person to see her. Wendell Noyes stated that he last saw Celina on July 25, 2011 when he said good night to her as she was on her computer. Deborah Norville asked Jordan if he had any information regarding what may have happened to Celina or who could have put her body in the river.
He replied, “Actually, at this point, they`re very tight-lipped. I mean, this is, you know, an ongoing investigation. But it is -- it would indicate to me that she has been in the water probably since last week because of the condition. They did not identify immediately that it was a young girl. T hey said they had what they believed was a human body. And it took them about three or four hours to confirm that it was -- you know, it was this girl. So you know, that tells us a little bit about the situation, I think.”
Charlie Jordan also weighed in on speculation surrounding Cass’ death, “Well, this is very much a blended family. There are several brothers and sisters from different fathers in the household. And I think -- you know, we`ve heard some troubling things about the stepfather, and we`re just hoping that this was not part of it.
But one of the things that was kind of telling, as far as we`re concerned, is about 48 hours after she was reported missing, they put the home into a police circle, you know, or yellow tape. That lasted for about 48 hours. And then Friday, the tape came away and the family came back. Today, with this new development, the tapes went back up around the home just down the road from here. So that again makes you wonder. We did ask at the press conference what to make of that. And they said, ‘Well, that was the last place she was seen,’ so of course, we`re going to continue our investigation there.”
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