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Sad End: Body of Missing Girl Celina Cass Found

A sad and tragic end to the search for a missing girl in New Hampshire -- her body was found in a river less than a half-mile from her home.

Divers discovered the body of 11-year-old Celina Cass in the Connecticut River at about 10:30 a.m. Monday morning, but it was not taken out of the water until 5 p.m. ABC News said no explanation was given for the delay.

"We have brought Celina home, but not the way we wanted to bring her home," New Hampshire senior assistant Attorney General Jane Young said at a news conference.

Young said her death is considered suspicious, so now this is a criminal probe.

"We continue to investigate this case," she said. "We are looking at all facets of the investigation and that includes where she was last seen."

By all accounts Celina was last seen in her bedroom last Monday night. The next morning, she was gone.

More than 100 local police officers and FBI agents searched the small town of Stewartstown, questioning virtually everyone there. They also looked in nearby Vermont and Canada.

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

In another development, the Daily Mail reports that Celina's stepfather was hospitalized after acting bizarrely while talking to reporters outside his house. Wendell Noyes was rolling around the driveway and crying. It turns out he spent time in a mental institution in 2003, where he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. He has reportedly been undergoing treatment for his illness.


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