New information is emerging about past arrests and convictions of family members and others in the disappearance and death of 11-year-old Celina Cass, who went missing from her West Stewartstown, NH home, on Monday, July 25 as reported by the Boston Herald, The Boston Globe, the Daily Mail, WMUR-TV, CBS News, and other sources in articles published on Sunday, August 7, 2011.
According to a report by WMUR-TV the fifth grader’s body was wrapped in a blanket when New Hampshire Fish and Game divers located it in the Connecticut River near a hydroelectric dam less than half a mile from her home a week later on Monday, August 1, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. EDT, causing authorities to immediately label her death as suspicious.
Senior assistant New Hampshire state attorney general Jane Young reported that the results of the autopsy done on the child’s body in Concord, NH on Tuesday, August 2 were inconclusive as to the cause of death, and officials are waiting for additional findings from toxicology testing, which could take several more weeks to complete.
More troubling has been the information revealed about those living in the family’s home at 863 Washington Street, in West Stewartstown, as seen in the attached slide show and video clip.
The British newspaper, the Daily Mail has reported that neighbors have called the home a “party stable” for the fact that people were coming and leaving at all hours, and that it was a popular place to hang out.
Besides Celina’s mother Louisa Noyes, other persons living in the house included the child’s stepfather, Wendell Noyes, Kevin Mullaney, the son of Louisa’s ex-boyfriend, Celina’s sister, and her aunt.
According to court documents, Mr. Noyes, age 47, was arrested in 2003 for breaking into a former girlfriend’s home and threatening to throw her down a flight of stairs. After that incident, he was involuntarily committed to a psychiatric hospital. An order signed by a probate judge indicated he suffered from paranoid schizophrenia.
It has been reported that Wendell Noyes collapsed near his home on Monday morning, August 1, prior to the discovery of Celina’s body, and after being rushed to a hospital, admitted himself to a psychiatric ward, although he has since been released. It is also said that he has not been cooperating with authorities who are investigating Celina’s death.
Of additional concern, according to the State of Vermont Registry of Sexual Offenders, and an alert by a reader, Mr. Noyes’ brother, 37-year-old Gordon Edward Noyes, who lives just one mile from him, across the Connecticut River in Canaan, VT, is a registered sex offender who was convicted on January 31, 2005 for lewd and lascivious behavior with a child, an offense under Vermont Criminal Code, Section 2602.
Another person living with the family, Kevin Mullaney, pleaded guilty to stealing five cars and trucks in 2007 and was sentenced to 1-1/2 to 3 years in prison and a consecutive term of four months in jail.
Police have impounded two vehicles, a red pickup truck belonging to him, as well as a silver Ford F-150 quad-cab pickup truck that was also parked at the family residence, and is believed to be owned by Mr. Noyes. Forensic investigators will probably be searching for DNA and fiber trace evidence in these vehicles.
None of these individuals have been charged in the death of Celina Cass. While casting suspicions, past arrests and criminal records are not proof of wrongdoing or guilt in a potential murder investigation.
However, Walter Laro, 67, Cass’s grandfather, who lives in nearby Columbia, NH, is pressing to have such questions answered, and those guilty punished, if Celina’s death was caused at the hands of another person. He was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying, “I don’t want no Casey Anthony”, referring to the case of the Florida woman recently acquitted of murdering her daughter, which outraged the public.
Celina’s biological father, Adam Laro, who was in the hospital awaiting open heart surgery when Celina went missing, is suffering from congestive heart failure (CHF), a condition that has been made worse by the grief and stress brought on by his child’s death.
The body of Celina Cass has been cremated and placed in a pink container, significant and touching, as pink was the girl’s favorite color. Funeral plans have been kept private, but a public memorial is set for Monday evening, August 8.
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