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Searchers find missing N.H. girl’s body, term death ‘suspicious’

WEST STEWARTSTOWN, N.H. — Searchers found the body of a missing New Hampshire girl today in the Connecticut River in the far northern part of the state, and law enforcement officials said they considered her death “suspicious.’’

The body of 11-year-old Celina Cass was discovered by New Hampshire Fish and Game divers at about 10:30 a.m. today in the river, just a quarter of a mile from her home in West Stewartstown, said Senior Assistant New Hampshire Attorney General Jane Young. The body was recovered from the river in the late afternoon.

“Based on what we have seen visually, we are treating it as suspicious,’’ said Young. She did not elaborate on what investigators had seen.

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She said the case was no longer a missing persons case, but was now a criminal investigation. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday on the body, she said.

West Stewartstown is at the northern tip of New Hampshire, next to the northern tip of Vermont and to the border with Canada. The Connecticut River forms the border between New Hampshire and Vermont in the area.

Cass was last seen Monday night in her home.

Since then, numerous law enforcement agencies had helped to search for her, including the New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont state police, the FBI, and the US Border Patrol.