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Searchers looking for missing N.H. girl find a body

STEWARTSTOWN, N.H — Searchers looking for a missing girl in far northern New Hampshire have found a body in the Connecticut River, authorities said today.

Divers found “what appears to be a body’’ in the river earlier today in West Stewartstown, New Hampshire Attorney General Michael Delaney said in a statement, issued jointly with the FBI.

“At this juncture, law enforcement officers are processing the location,’’ Delaney said.

He said the body had not yet been identified. But authorities have been searching in the area for 11-year-old Celina Cass of West Stewartstown, who has been missing since last Monday.

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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 the two states in the area.

Essex County (Vt.) States Attorney Vincent Illuzzi said the body was found between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. near a dam on the river. He said the body was female but would not comment on who the victim was.

Cass was last seen Monday night in her home in West Stewartstown.