Celina Cass Investigator: A Bad Feeling Was Tinged With Hope

Jul 24, 2012

A year ago Thursday Celina Cass was reported missing from her home in West Stewartstown. About a week later her body was found in the Connecticut River.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

A year ago Thursday afternoon senior assistant attorney general Jane Young was driving up to West Stewartstown.

The state police had been investigating a report that 11-year-old Celina Cass was missing.

Turning control over to someone like Young - specializing in homicide investigations - was an ominous sign.

But Young says heading north she was trying to be optimistic.

“ Your gut probably tells you that it wasn’t going to turn out well. You still hope.”

Young says Celina’s death is still being investigated.

“People have been interviewed, interviews continue. The police pour over the evidence. Compare the evidence to the witness statements. Compare the witness statements to one another and pursue every avenue available to us.”

A memorial service is planned Thursday evening in West Stewartstown.

For NHPR News this is Chris Jensen

To see a story from a memorial service almost a year ago go here

To see a story about Celina's body being found go here.