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Friends don't believe Cass would leave on her own

August 03, 2011
WEST STEWARTSTOWN — According to close friends of the recently deceased Celina Cass she wasn't the type of girl to go out on her own.

"She was timid around people she didn't know and she's not the type where if someone pulled up she would go off in their vehicle, "said Shannon Towle who runs the Towle's Minimart in town with her husband. "If someone came and took her they must have tricked her, whenever you would see her out and about it was always with her older sister or her mother. "

According to officials at the start of the investigation this past week there was no indication that Cass had run away or that someone had taken her as there were no signs of a struggle.

Since Tuesday Kayla Baglio along with her sister Lindsey Baglio and friend Danielle Caraway had been passing out missing person's fliers with Cass' information on them to anyone willing to stop on their drive through West Stewartstown. The girls believe they had passed out over 400 fliers on last Wednesday and more than 800 by Thursday, not counting the ones hung up in shops or handed out in stacks.

Baglio and town residents were also seen brandishing ribbon pins of purple, pink and green; Cass' favorite colors. The ribbon making started with friend Maryanne Meary and Baglio's little sister Alexandra who would have been in Cass' fifth grade class this fall.

There had been candlelight vigils held at Stewartstown Park every night since Cass' disappearance and local residents had planned to continue them until she is found.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young has assured the public that they are in no immediate danger, but has cautioned everyone to remain vigilant.

As of Monday there were over 15 Facebook pages/groups dedicated to Cass whether it be for prayers or simply keeping hope alive. Cass herself had a Facebook page that did not have any restrictions, allowing anyone to view her pictures and read her wall posts; her profile has since been deleted.

Towle described Cass as a normal 11-year-old girl that would come over to her house because she loved horses and animals.

Martin Lord Osman
Salmon Press
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