WEST STEWARTSTOWN, N.H., Aug. 2 (UPI) — As a New Hampshire town awaited Tuesday’s autopsy report on Celina Cass, it emerged that her stepfather has a history of crime and insanity.
The 11-year-old girl’s body was found Monday in the Connecticut River near the home in West Stewartstown, N.H., where she lived with her mother, sister and stepfather, Wendell Noyes.
Friends and neighbors held a candlelight vigil in the village near the Canadian border Monday night, and Celina’s body was taken to Concord for an autopsy Tuesday morning, ABC News reported.
Walter Laro, Celina’s grandfather, thanked investigators and the media for their work solving her disappearance.
Senior Assistant State’s Attorney General Jane Young said the case is now a criminal investigation but named no suspect. Celina was last seen at home July 25.
Noyes, 47, who was rushed to a hospital Monday after behaving strangely, was involuntarily committed to a mental hospital in 2003, court records show.
He was arrested after invading an ex-girlfriend’s home and threatening her in violation of a protective order but found incompetent to stand trial. A forensic examiner found him to be a paranoid schizophrenic and a threat to others.