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Search intensifies for fifth-grader

Sun., July 31, 2011, midnight

STEWARTSTOWN, N.H. – The FBI said Saturday it was offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the whereabouts of an 11-year-old northern New Hampshire girl who’s been missing for five days.

The reward would also cover information leading to the arrest and prosecution of anyone responsible for the disappearance of fifth-grader Celina Cass, Supervisory Special Agent Kieran Ramsey said at a news conference at the Stewartstown Community School.

“This reward should not be read into that we are transitioning in any way in this investigation,” Ramsey said, adding that recent, successful cases of recovered missing children have resulted in vigilance from the public.

“We are still aggressively – aggressively – searching and hoping to bring Celina Cass home,” he said.

Celina was last seen Monday night at her home computer near Stewartstown, which is about a mile from the Canadian border. Numerous investigators have knocked on more than 300 doors in the area and in neighboring Vermont and have searched fields, woods, ponds and a river.

“We have at least another 100 men available to come in and assist with this investigation when needed,” said Jane Young of the state attorney general’s office.

Young said at a news conference later Saturday that dive teams would be brought in today, but she would not specify where they would search.

Police have said there is no indication Celina ran away or that someone took her.


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