Lawn work is a common activity on a summer Saturday afternoon in West Stewartstown, N.H. The population of this town is just under 1,000, but it has grown by one-quarter in recent days, as more police agencies from across New England join the search for 11-year-old Celina Cass.
"It's overwhelming. You never think something like this could happen," said Joe Marsan of West Stewartstown.
Saturday, the Massachusetts State police brought troopers, specialized wilderness equipment and a crime truck to help in the effort to figure what happened to the little girl. Celina was last seen in her family home Monday night.
"We are going to do whatever it takes to locate this lost child," N.H. State Police Col. Robert Quinn said.
And now a reward is being offered for anyone with information leading to the little girl's whereabouts.
"The FBI would like to announce a $25,000 reward for anyone that can provide information leading to the location of Celina Cass," said Kieran Ramsey of the FBI.
An anonymous community member is personally offering an additional $5,000 reward.
"It was a complete shock. I don't believe in a million years she ran away," said Lori Stott, who knows Celina.
Saturday, Celina's family was allowed to move back into their home. Her stepfather carried a picture of the young girl that the family brought with them when they stayed in a local motel, as police searched the home for clues. Police remain tightlipped about the investigation, including why they towed a red truck from the home Friday night.
"Again, I ask you not to look into that," N.H. Assistant Attorney General Jane Young said. "We are looking for clues into her disappearance."
Authorities maintain there is no evidence to support a crime has taken place and they are not looking for suspects at this time.
Just like investigators, residents in the small community want to know what happened to Celina Cass.
"Everyone wants to know what happened to her, who took her," said Jamie-Lee Pinet, who knows Celina. "She couldn't have just vanished into thin air. That's impossible."
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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