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    >>> at the search command center in new hampshire. michelle, good morning.

    >> reporter: good morning, natalie. investigators here both from at the fbi as well as local from several different agencies have been meeting here this past hour and already search teams have been spanning out. we've got helicopters overhead, dog search canine crews also searching as well as the nearby rivers. it's an overwhelming response for this community with fewer than 1,000 people. and the residents here have been overwhelmed with a scale of this investigation now stretching into nearby vermont and across the border into canada, which is just a mile from here. residents are also overcome by their emotions as they wait and hope for her safe return.

    >> vanished, the search is intensifying for 11-year-old celina cass , last seen on her computer in her family's home monday night in new hampshire, a small community of 800 just a mile from the canadian border . investigators say there are no signs of struggle or reason to believe cass ran away or was abducted, and not enough evidence to issue an amber alert .

    >> she was last seen in her house, so we don't have a last seen thing, a vehicle description, we don't have a direction of travel.

    >> reporter: few clues but enough for the fbi to bring in its elite child abduction unit. their main focus that cass ' home, poring over phone records. the computer could give investigators the break they need.

    >> was she in chat room, was she on facebook, was she corresponding with strangers she didn't know.

    >> reporter: meanwhile, federal, state, and local police , fish and game officers and dozens of volunteers are searching the town and nearby wooded areas and posting fliers everywhere. her disappearance and the attention on this small town is taking its toll. last night at a candlelight vigil, friends struggled to hold on to hope as the days go by without word.

    >> all of you can kiss your kids good night tonight or tomorrow or whenever you see them again. we don't know if we're going to be able to do that with celina. this community wants her home.

    >> reporter: and the last few days investigators have also been going door to door . this is a community, natalie, where everyone knows everyone. that could also give police the tips they need.

    >> we certainly hope there's good news to report there. michelle franzen , thank you.

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updated 7/29/2011 6:46:35 PM ET 2011-07-29T22:46:35

Police on Friday went door-to-door in an "all-out search" for a missing 11-year-old girl in a small New Hampshire town near the Canadian border.

Celina Cass was last seen 9 p.m. Monday using a computer at her home in Stewartstown, which has a population of about 800.

The FBI has deployed its Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team to help in the search.

On Friday evening, Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young told a news conference there no new details on Celina's whereabouts.

"Day five and we just continue to look for her with all available assets," Young said.

Jeanine Brady, a family friend, pleaded for the girl's safe return. "Pray that our little girl comes home soon," she said

Image: Celina Cass's mother, under blanket, is helped outside the family's home.
Charles Krupa  /  AP
New Hampshire State Police officers watch as a woman identified by the N.H. Attorney General's office as Celina Cass's mother, under blanket, is escorted from the family home in Stewartstown, Wednesday.

On Thursday, school nurse Kirsten Lyons spoke at a media briefing on behalf of the Cass family.

"All of you can kiss your kids goodnight tonight or tomorrow or when you see them again," she said. "We don't know if we're going to be able to do that with Celina. This community wants her home."

Casey Jordan, a criminologist at Western Connecticut State University, told TODAY that investigators would examine computer records in the hope of finding a clue.

"Was she on chatrooms, was she on Facebook, was she corresponding with strangers?" she said.

Stepfather arrested in 2003
According to reports, the search operation was extending into Vermont and across the border into Canada, just a mile away.

ABC's "Nightline" reported Thursday night that the girl's stepfather, Wendell Noyes, had been arrested in 2003 for threatening an ex-girlfriend. He was subsequently involuntarily committed to a mental institution and diagnosed with schizophrenia. Nightline said Noyes refused to comment.

The Union Leader newspaper of Manchester said that more than 100 investigators were involved in the search Thursday, a four-fold increase on the number of people involved Wednesday.

Image: Lori McKearney, Kaylin Pettit post missing posters for Celina Cass.
Charles Krupa  /  AP
Lori McKearney, of Lancaster, N.H., right, and Kaylin Pettit, of Stewartstown, N.H., post missing posters for 11-year-old Celina Cass in Colebrook, N.H., Wednesday.

Young said roughly 225 tips had been received, and they were being followed up as soon as possible.

Constance McKearney, of Jefferson, who is related to the Cass family, told the Union Leader that the community was trying to help.

"It's a small town and small area," McKearney told the paper. "Everyone grows up here together and everyone does what they can do to help."

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.

NBC News contributed to this report.


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