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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

MISSING CELINA CASS CASE: Autopsy inconclusive - officials say!

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By Peter Schworm, Globe Staff, / 08/02/2011 8:57 PM.

Medical examiners who performed an autopsy today on the body of Celina Cass have yet to determine how the 11-year-old girl died, authorities said this evening.

“The cause and manner are still pending,” Jane E. Young, New Hampshire’s senior assistant Attorney General said at a news conference tonight.

Examiners are awaiting “toxicology results and further investigation,” she said.

Investigators had concluded Celina’s death was suspicious after seeing the condition of the body, which was recovered yesterday afternoon from a dam on the Connecticut River, just a quarter-mile from her family’s home.

Young declined to comment on what the autopsy found, but said the criminal investigation remains active. She said she could not answer questions about the condition of the body, saying it was necessary to preserve the “integrity of the investigation.” She declined to say how long her body had been in the water, but said its submersion played a role in the autopsy.

She declined to comment on how toxiciology tests would help determine the cause of death.

“We are doing everything we can to have more definitive answers,” she said.

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