Reward fund set up in case of NH girl who died

Associated Press
A woman walks by the home Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011 where 11-year-old Celina Cass was last seen alive in Stewartstown, N.H. Its been more than two weeks since her body was found in the Connecticut River. More than two weeks after searchers pulled the body of 11-year-old Celina Cass from the Connecticut River near her house, the lack of an arrest and answers to questions about how she died have cast a pall over her New Hampshire hometown. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire prosecutors, eager for information that can help them resolve the suspicious death of an 11-year-old girl, have set up a reward fund for people who want to donate money.

The Attorney General's Office said $5,000 offered by an anonymous donor last month has started up the fund. It supplements $25,000 in reward money offered by the FBI last month during the search for Celina Cass, of Stewartstown.

Celina was last seen alive at her house July 25. Her body was recovered from the Connecticut River about a quarter-mile from her home near the Canadian border a week later. An autopsy failed to pinpoint the cause and manner of her death and investigators hope to have the results of toxicology tests in the next week or two.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young, who is heading the investigation, said Thursday that calls offering donations have come from as far away as New Mexico.

She said more than 580 tips have been received and followed through. Young said at least a dozen police officers remain active on the investigation, the FBI is a "critical partner," and Vermont authorities continue to help. She said her office has been in discussion with other agencies to help with a forensic investigation.

"We are still asking the public for any help — anything they may have seen or heard — during July 25, July 26, or the days thereafter," Young said, adding that "any piece of information could be the piece of the puzzle that we need to solve this tragedy of Celina's death."

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