Family friends hold up missing posters for Celina for passing cars to view outside the family home (AP photo)
Police report finding 'something of interest' at nearby dam
The stepfather of a missing 11-year-old N.H. girl was taken to hospital Monday after he was seen acting strangely. Police, meanwhile, had congregated at a dam less than a mile from their home, saying only that they had found "something of interest."
Wendell Noyes, who was reportedly involuntarily committed to a mental institution and diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2003, was seen repeatedly lying face down and rolling around in the driveway of the house that he shares with the missing girl, Celina Cass, and her mother.
Cass was last seen a week ago Monday night using a computer at her home in Stewartstown, about a mile from the Canadian border.
The FBI has deployed its Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team to help in what has been described by authorities as an "all-out search."
Meanwhile, the girl's father, who was in hospital when she went missing, made a public appeal for her safe return.
"We're hoping the best for her safety. I'd appreciate it if we get her back very soon," Adam Laro said.
"If she hears me now ... daddy's okay now. I'm getting much better and I'm recovering from the hospital," Laro added. "So whenever you're ready to come home Celina, daddy will be here waiting for you."
NBC News reported that divers had begun to search a pond near her home, as part of the search operation.
ABC's "Nightline" reported last week that Noyes, had been arrested in 2003 for threatening an ex-girlfriend and that led to his committal to the mental institution.
One teenager, who knows Celina, described her as not the sort of person to go off with a stranger, New Hampshire Public Radio reported.
"She was very shy. If she didn't know you, she would look to her older sister to make sure you were okay," Kayla Baglio, 18, said.
SOURCE: NBC News