Police investigate hundreds of leads on missing NH girl
West Stewartstown, New Hampshire - July 29, 2011
An emotional plea from the family of 11-year-old Celina Cass Friday.
"We will not stop searching for you until you are back in our arms," Jeannine Brady said, reading a statement from the family.
It has been four days since the young girl disappeared from her home in West Stewartstown, N.H., without a trace.
"We don't have any evidence at this juncture to indicate this is a criminal investigation," N.H. Assistant Attorney General Jane Young said.
Friday, the search expanded into Vermont and Canada.
"At this point we have canvassed 300 homes in the area," Young said. "That canvas will continue and expand."
Additional resources have been called in, too. Two aircrafts searched the area from the sky. And a special K-9 from the Connecticut State Police trained to search the water was also used. And police plan to bring in towers so they can communicate better-- there is little to no cell service in that area.
A specialized evidence team has been called in to follow up on more than 255 tips.
"We have investigated hundreds of leads as far away as North Carolina and Illinois," FBI Agent Kieran Ramsey said.
Even though Celina Cass has not been seen since Monday night, her family is hopeful she is still alive.
"This is a plea from Celina's family for the safe return of their beautiful daughter. Celina, if you can hear this now, please know how much we love and miss you," Brady read from the family's statement.
Authorities plan to ramp up their efforts to find Celina over the weekend.
Celina Cass is 5'5" and 95 pounds with long, dark brown hair. She was last seen wearing a pink shirt and pullover, and blue shorts and shoes.
Anyone with information about Celina's disappearance is asked to call the New Hampshire State Police at 603-846-3333.
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