NH State police officials talk near the command center. Courtesy: Charles Jordan/The Colebrook Chronicle
NH State police at command center as family members look on. Courtesy: Charles Jordan/The Colebrook Chronicle
Friends search for Celina Cass holding posters provided by Celina's family. Courtesy: Charles Jordan/The Colebrook Chronicle
About 50 people attended a candlelight vigil for Celina Cass Tuesday night. Courtesy: Charles Jordan/The Colebrook Chronicle
West Stewartstown, New Hampshire - July 26, 2011
A mystery in our region-- an 11-year-old girl is missing.
Celina Cass vanished from her home near the Vermont border in West Stewartstown, N.H.
On Tuesday night, the community gathered at a vigil. More than 50 people-- friends, family, and teachers-- hold candles and hope that the missing girl will be found safe.
"She's 11 years old. She's never left the home before without her mom and her sister," Rachel Edgerton said.
Edgerton and her family joined the search for 11-year-old Celina Cass, who disappeared from her home on Washington Street. She was last seen Monday at 9 p.m.
"Last we heard, she was on the computer when her mother went to bed," Edgerton said.
When Celina's mom went to wake her up Tuesday morning, Celina was gone. Police say there were no signs of struggle and Celina does not have a history of running away.
She is 5' 5" and weighs 95 pounds. She has hazel eyes and long brown hair. Celina was wearing a pink shirt and pullover, and blue shorts and shoes.
N.H. State Police, N.H. Fish and Game, U.S. Border Patrol, and local police combed the area.
"A great deal of time has gone by so basically from this standpoint, we are doing everything we can to search areas of high probability or even low probability," said Lt. Douglas Gralenski of the N.H. Fish and Game Department.
Friends, family and neighbors handed out photos and posters of the missing girl, hoping someone has seen her.
"We got posters and brought them to the stores. While we were walking, we thought we'd look through here since no one has been through here yet," said Edgerton, pointing to an area off Route 3.
Celina's Facebook page includes the quote "You can't stand to live with your family, but you can't stand to live without them."
Anyone with information about the girl's disappearance is asked to call the New Hampshire State Police at 603-846-3333.