Celina Cass

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A hearing is planned for next month on whether a New Hampshire man accused of killing his 11-year-old stepdaughter five years ago is mentally competent to stand trial.

The Caledonian Record reports

A judge has put the case against Wendell Noyes on hold pending a psychiatric evaluation.

The fifty-two-year-old is accused of killing his stepdaughter Celina Cass in 2011. He made an initial court appearance Tuesday on a second-degree murder charge. He was arrested Monday at the state psychiatric hospital, where he had been since December after being found incompetent to stand trial on unrelated misdemeanors.

Noyes is accused of killing 11-year-old Celina in July 2011. Her body was found in the Connecticut River.

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The stepfather of 11 year-old Celina Cass has been charged with 2nd-degree murder in her 2011 death. 

Cass was reported missing in July of 2011.  Nearly a week later her body was found in the Connecticut River not far from her home in Stewartstown.  Her stepfather, Wendell Noyes, is thought to have been one of the last people to see Cass before she disappeared from her home. 

The Attorney General’s office says the investigation into Cass’s murder has remained active for the past five years. Noyes is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday in Berlin.

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It's been four years since Celina Cass was last seen hunched over a computer in her family's New Hampshire apartment.

The 11-year-old was last seen July 25 in West Stewartstown. A week later, her body was found in the Connecticut River near a dam.

Four years later, no one has been charged with her death, which investigators have called a homicide. It is still a haunting presence in the small, rural, town.

The attorney general's office says it is still investigating the case.

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A year ago Thursday Celina Cass was reported missing from her home in West Stewartstown. About a week later her body was found in the Connecticut River.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

A year ago Thursday afternoon senior assistant attorney general Jane Young was driving up to West Stewartstown.

The state police had been investigating a report that 11-year-old Celina Cass was missing.

Turning control over to someone like Young - specializing in homicide investigations - was an ominous sign.

But Young says heading north she was trying to be optimistic.

Celina Cass Stepfather Questioned Before Grand Jury

Mar 12, 2012
Chris Jensen for NHPR

A Coos County Grand jury met today/Monday in Lancaster as the investigation into the death of 11-year-old Celina Cass continues.

As NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports, the dead girl’s stepfather was questioned.

Wendell Noyes is the stepfather of Celina Cass, whose body was found last August in the Connecticut River not far from her home in Stewartstown.

Noyes is thought to have been one of the last people to see the girl before she disappeared from her home.

Chris Jensen for NHPR

The Boston Herald is reporting that a grand jury met in Lancaster last Friday and questioned witnesses about the death of Celina Cass of Stewartstown.

The story quoted two witnesses as saying the questions focused on Wendell Noyes, the stepfather of Celina Cass.

The witnesses were Noyes’ mother, Eunice Richards, and other family members.

AG Asks For Help

Aug 19, 2011
Dan Gorenstein / NHPR

The 11 year old girl’s body was pulled from the Connecticut River near her home six days after she went missing.

The AG’s Office has established a reward fund at the Northway Bank in Gorham.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young says even the smallest observation could provide the necessary clue to solve this tragedy.

“We are building a puzzle here. So we need the pieces to be put together to get the big picture, to make the determination, what happened to her.”