An 11-year-old girl who went missing from her home in rural New Hampshire last week and has yet to be found, despite an extensive search by authorities and members of the community.
Celina Cass of Stewartstown, N.H. was last seen on Monday night at her computer in her home.
Cass is described as a tall, thin girl who loves basketball, hanging out with friends and being with her family. She is 5 ft 5 inches and weighs 95 pounds. She has hazel eyes and waist length brown hair.
Authorities have not speculated as to what happened to her, but have intensified their search tactics and adding forces. Police from New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts, as well as the FBI, the US Border Patrol and the Fish and Game Department are combing surrounding areas, including Canada, for the young girl.
New Hampshire Fish and Game officials lowered water levels in the Connecticut River to look for the girl and a portable cellphone tower was installed in Stewartstown for increased communication. Divers searched a local pond today, but came up with no evidence.
The FBI has placed a $25,000 reward for information about Cass’ whereabouts, according to FBI agent Kieran Ramsey. An anonymous donor offered an additional $5,000 reward.
“We are looking at those tips, and we are honing the investigation through those tips,’’ said Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young, according to the Boston Globe.
Stewartstown is a small, close-knit community, and the residents are shocked and scared by Cass’ disappearance.
Family and friends are actively involved in the search, and have formed supportive Facebook groups for Cass, urging prayer and thoughts for the young girl.