BOSTON (CBS) – She was found dead in a river, but police have still not said how Celina Cass died.

An autopsy performed Tuesday did not determine how the 11-year-old died, but WBZ-TV has learned her body was found wrapped in blankets.

In another development Wednesday, Cass’ stepfather, Wendell Noyes, checked himself into a mental health facility in Concord. Investigators also seized a silver pickup truck that neighbors say was typically driven by Noyes.

Authorities have appeared to increase their focus on Celina’s home, which she shared with her mother, stepfather, sister and a man not related to Celina.

Celina’s biological father, Adam Laro, says he never noticed anything strange at the house, until the last time he visited her.

He says recently Celina and her sister were sleeping in the basement.

“It seems odd to me, very odd. Here they had two beautiful rooms and a nice place to live all of a sudden things got changed by certain people who I won’t name,” says Laro.

“Now all of a sudden they’re staying on an air mattress on the cellar floor, to me it’s kind of crazy.”

The two men living in Celina’s home have criminal records.

Noyes was arrested in 2003 for breaking into an ex-girlfriend’s home and threatening her. He was committed to a psychiatric hospital for paranoid schizophrenia.

The other man in the house, 23-year-old Kevin Mullaney, is the son of Celina’s mother’s ex-boyfriend. Mullaney has served time for stealing cars.

Comments (26)
  1. Matt says:

    This was as predictable as it was preventable. Some very bad men were invited into Celina’s world and she paid the price. RIP sweet girl. You have a voice now.

  2. 2 cents says:

    My guess is that this SOB was molesting them and somehow the Mom had guilt or reason to believe that because the footage of her leaving the house earlier this week showed her with a blanket trying to hide her face. FROM WHAT??
    If that was my daughter I would be pleading to the public to ask for help and see my face. This story is making me very ill. I don’t even what to think what may have happened to her. THIS SHOULD BE A WAKE UP CALL TO WOMEN !!!
    YOUR CHILDREN ARE A GIFT AND DO NOT LET ANY MAN COME INTO YOUR LIFE OR HOME JUST TO SAY YOU HAVE SOMEONE IN YOUR LIFE. PROTECT THEM. SOME OF THESE MEN PREY ON PEOPLE WHO ARE WEAK. DO A BACKGROUND CHECK ON THEM IF YOU HAVE TOO. YOU ARE WORTH MORE THAN PUTTING UP WITH FILTH LIKE THAT.

  3. D Caf says:

    Mom’s got alot of explaining about her questionable decisions. How do your daughter’s end up on an air mattress in the basement instead of in their bedrooms? Why wasn’t your ex boyfriend’s kid given that room? Was there even a finished room down there? Or was it just cement storage or worse……a dirt floor?

  4. Eve Corbett says:

    Gee, Checked himself into a mental hospital! Oh, when they finally decide this evil man killed this precious girl, he will be able to plead insanity and get away with it! This world is so messed up!!

    1. 730 says:

      I 100% agree, but the things he has done has showed them that he knows right from wrong hes tying to act it out. hes playing his cards and they know that

  5. Nicholas Ouimet says:

    Looking at Wendell Noyes’ Facebook profile isn’t painting a good picture for him:
    http://www.facebook.com/people/Wendell-Noyes/100001375909710
    He seems to flirt and call random girls sexy, etc, even though he has a wife. I suspect that he may have had to do with her death.

    1. Maggie Fanelli says:

      Half his friends are porn stars too. Also all of his “likes” are dating site-related. The guy is a creeper, no question. Women, stop dating horrible people just for the sake of being with someone, especially if you have children!

  6. ce says:

    He isn t insane he knos exactly what hes doing the day he knew they were searching the area he flipped out had to be admitted hes playing his deck to get off like the last time i hope some truly insane person gives him what he deserves and gets off

  7. Joan Hogan says:

    The Mother Of Celina Cass Definitely Has serious Psychological Issues. She
    Is Guilty of poor judment, Bad character,almost like she Is a Zombie . I believe
    she should be criminally Charged of child endangerment, and depraved indifference.. I say Shame On her Mother, And you are very unfit to be a mother.

  8. Cecile Lowell says:

    HIS FAMILY TOLD THE PRESS TO LEAVE HIM ALONE THAT HE WASNT FEELING WELL MY SISTER LIVES UP THERE AND SHE CALL ME AND TOLD ME HIS IN A MENTAL HOSPITAL NOW HAS OF YESTERDAY WELL DOESNT IT TELL PEOPLE SOMETHING IT TOLD ME M HE DID IT AND THE MOTHER IF SHE KNEW SHE SHOULD BE CHARGED TO AND THE REST OF THE CHILDREN TAKEN AWAY THIS WAS A LITTLE GIRL THAT I DOUGHT IF SHE ASKED TO BE KILLED THE MOTHER NEEDS TO STICK UP FOR HER CHILD NOT A PERVE.

  9. Willow says:

    I think every adult in that household should be charged with child endangerment, and hopefully, the one who killed this little girl will be prosecuted. Let’s hope it isn’t another Casey Anthony case. It seems this mother was more interested in the men she allowed in her home, then the precious lives God gave her to protect. It just makes me wonder how many other children are in danger out their with single mothers allowing strange men into their home. It happens way too often.

  10. 730 says:

    you every think that he built her trust. like so many other cases where the uncle, father, or step father, brother etc. theres to many cases out there like this… where its someone in the household. she didnt ask for it. there was probably were sings before they were involved. she i think she has a big heart and let the wrong person in

  11. ttval says:

    What I think is strange is the bio dad just coming out with the story of the girls sleeping in the basement now. In other interviews he said he talked to her and got the impression that everything was fine. Him hiding this is hiding his own fault. As the father of a young girl it is your job to protect them. Whether they live with you or not, he was forwarned. I totally agree about the mother. She should get the same jail time as the killer. If not more. These freakin trashy parents shouldn’t be allowed to have kids.

  12. Jason Rhodes says:

    The tiny town’s only registered sex offender is Gordon Edward Noyes, apparently the stepfather’s younger brother. Even if Gordon Noyes isn’t a suspect, why isn’t this fact ever mentioned in the media? Michael Richard Noyes, another registered sex offender in Vermont, is rumored to be the step-father’s uncle. Today’s sex-crime predator is usually yesterday’s sex-crime victim, and the Noyes family
    probably has a very tragic history of abuse. One of the questions that hopefully comes out of this very sad case is how to break the cycle of sexual violence. Once the killer has been found and removed from society, I hope the discussion moves on to what actions can be taken to make our society a safer place for children.

  13. 730 says:

    i live up in nothern new hampshire, you people have no idea!!!

  14. 730 says:

    i believe it is the stepfather, but you dont know the family, and what media leaves out of there new is there choice you can’t alway believe what they put in the news some of it is right but until you know the family I think you have know right to say anything

    1. Cecile Lowell says:

      i from w. stewarts tonw and know my family lives in colebrook and i know his last girl friend and i suppose he got what he should of for what he did to her i dont think so he uses being mentally ill for what he needs to use it for and get him out of things he does i hope to god it dont go that way now

  15. Cecile Lowell says:

    im from colebrook and w stewartstown and i know who wendell is and hes a freak i hope he gets whats coming to him if he did this hopefully useing his mental problems wont get him off like everything else he got off for having mental problems

  16. 730 says:

    hes done a few thing that the media doesnt know, that i think his mental problems wont get him out of it. the few things that he has done shows he knows from write and wrong

  17. 730 says:

    lol right from wrong****