Stewartstown, NH – Adam Laro, the biological father of Celina Cass, whose lifeless body was found in a local river on Aug. 1, spoke out saying his daughter’s home life with his ex-wife and her husband was unstable. He noted that the 11-year-old did not sleep in her bedroom, but slept in the basement on an air mattress.
Laro told WGME he thought Celina’s stepfather, Wendell Noyes, 47, was odd, but did not have any major issues with him. However, he recently began to become concerned when he learned more about how his daughter was living.
“The next thing I know they are staying on an air mattress on the cellar floor, staying down in the cellar and to me it’s like, why would they do that? It wasn’t a good atmosphere over there, there were a lot of people in and out of that place and a lot of faces every time I went over there,” Laro said. “It hurts me incredibly. I don’t even know how to explain it – it’s crushing – it’s heart crushing – it’s like a sore that is never going to leave.”
Celina, 11, was last seen in her room at about 9:00 p.m. on Monday, July 25, 2011. On the morning of Aug. 1, her body was found in the Connecticut River about a quarter-mile from her family home. Reports indicate her body was wrapped in a blanket when it was discovered.
An autopsy has failed to determine Celina’s cause of death, thus, authorities are now waiting for toxicology test results to help them find what killed the fifth-grader.
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No one has been named a person of interest in the case, however, Noyes, who has a history of mental illness and was arrested for threatening an ex-girlfriend in 2003, has been questioned by police. His truck and another man’s vehicle were seized by police several days ago.
After reportedly acting bizarrely on the morning Celina’s body was found, Noyes was whisked away by ambulance and taken to a local hospital. He was released Tuesday, but on Thursday, he checked himself into a mental health facility.
Authorities are urging anyone with information about Celina’s case to call New Hampshire State Police at 603-846-3333.
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