WEST STEWARTSTOWN, N.H. (CBS) – The death of Celina Cass is a mystery that has haunted a small town for nearly four months.

There have been no arrests in her death.

In the months since 11-year-old was pulled from the Connecticut River, a memorial has taken shape.

Pumpkins, flowers, even a note from Celina’s mother reading, “I’m so lost without my baby girl.”

WBZ-TV’s Lauren Leamanczyk reports

“It was surreal. It was a dream. You were just waiting to wake up and you never did.”

Keeping up this memorial has helped Debbie Whelen, Amanda Chapple and their kids cope.

But only an arrest will truly the ease the minds of people who loved Celina.

‘There’s no answers so obviously there’s going to be theories and rumors and it’s tearing people apart.”

One of those people is Wendell Noyes, Celina’s step-dad, the last person to see her alive. In the wake of the killing many pointed the finger at him.

He walked away when we asked him about those allegations.

But he did talk with WBZ off camera about the night Celina died. He says she was on the computer when he went to bed with her mother. The door was left unlocked for a 23-year-old man who also lived in the house. He says he wants to know who killed Celina as much as everyone else does.

Investigators won’t name or rule out any suspects. Among family and friends, frustration is growing. And so is the belief that whoever killed Celina is someone they know. Someone who lived among them.

“As a community we all know whatever happened at this dam where Celina died or where Celina was thrown in the water led them right back to that home and nowhere else.”

WBZ spoke with the lead prosecutor on the case. She says the investigation is focused and intense. The state police has put 4,000 man hours into the case, but still no one will say if they are close to an arrest.

Comments (4)
  1. Olivia Hyde says:

    thats really sad im 11 to and i remeber going online and reading about her disapearrs i prayed that she would be okay that night. i hope they catch the killer! i just found out she died a couple days ago when i read that i was on the phone with my friend and i just started crying and before i clicked on it i was like please dont have her be died.:( RIP Celina Cass ♥♥♥

  2. joel says:

    haven’t heard any updates from jane young or the media for a month now-did you forget about her already? enough games already, if it was wendel just let him plead out on insanity and put him in a strait jacket for life at least you’ll have closure for everyone. if it wasn’t him, man up and say so. you’ve never had the guts to tell a time of death, which you know. you’ve been leading and/or misleading the public on for 5 months. you ask for there help and get it and give nothing in return. it’s getting real old.

  3. Ima Alt says:

    I can’t forget about this girl, i check news everyday. Noyes does know something, wish he would just tell the truth.

    1. joel fredriksson says:

      you and me both… i have a 10yr old daughter- and justice would have been served by now if it was her. believe me.