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Community seeks answers after Celina Cass autopsy is inconclusive

(CBS/AP) STEWARTSTOWN, N.H. - State and federal law enforcement officials in northern New Hampshire are searching the community of West Stewartstown for 11-year-old Celina Cass.
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Community seeks answers after Celina Cass autopsy is inconclusive
Celina Cass
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(CBS/WBZ/AP) STEWARTSTOWN, N.H. - Residents in a small community in New Hampshire are saddened that the inconclusive autopsy on the body of 11-year-old Celina Cass, which was recovered Monday morning from the Connecticut River, did not provide them with closure.

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"I don't even know what to say. I thought the community needed some answers, and I thought we were going to get them tonight," said Debbie Whelan, whose daughter, a friend of Celina's, sobbed after watching a news report on TV.

The autopsy was conducted Tuesday but didn't determine a cause of death and further study is required, Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young said.

Meanwhile, the girl's hometown is expected to move forward with its annual children's festival called Stewartstown Days. It's scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

According to CBS affiliate WBZ, Stewartstown residents had considered canceling it but they are now dedicating the event to her memory.

Celina's body was found near a hydroelectric dam that spans the Connecticut River between Stewartstown and Canaan, Vermont., Essex County state attorney Vincent Illuzzi said.

Celina was last seen in her house a week ago, Monday, July 25, at her computer.

Anyone with information is asked to call the state police at 603-846-3333.

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