Image: Celina Cass
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Celina Cass of West Stewartstown, N.H., poses in a basketball team uniform in Canann, Vt., in 2010. Law enforcement officials are searching for Cass, who they say was last seen at her home the night of Monday, July 25.
updated 7/31/2011 1:06:52 PM ET 2011-07-31T17:06:52

Divers were deployed to a pond in northern New Hampshire on Sunday in the search for an 11-year-old girl who's been missing for several days.

State Fish and Game Department divers searched Back Pond for any sign of fifth-grader Celina Cass, Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young said. The small pond is less than a mile from Celina's home in Stewartstown, a community of 800 residents with one blinking streetlight and a handful of stores.

Vermont and New Hampshire state police, the FBI and other agencies also were continuing their ground search in those states and in Canada, Young said.

"We're searching for Celina Cass as a missing person," she said. "We have no evidence to categorize this any other way."

Celina, who lives with her mother and stepfather, was last seen Monday night at her home computer in her small town in far northern New Hampshire.

Story: 'All-out search' for 'very shy' NH girl missing for days

Residents described Celina as a sweet, friendly child. One of Celina's best friends, 11-year-old Makayla Riendeau, said Celina loves her mother and likes her stepfather and wouldn't run away. She said Celina is very athletic, is a stickler about getting her school work done on time and loves having friends over to her house.

"She's a very good friend, and she never lets anybody down," Makayla said.

In the search for the tall, gap-toothed girl, investigators have knocked on hundreds of doors, and hundreds of fliers with her photo have been put up throughout Stewartstown and nearby communities. Law enforcement agencies have set up a command post at the local school.

The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for information in the case, and a community member has added $5,000.

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    >>> a new twist in the disappearance of an 11-year-old girl in new hampshire. the fbi is offering a $25,000 reward. there is no trace of her since she was last seen monday night at her home. they are hoping the reward money will lead to information about what happened to this young girl .

    >> this reward should not be read into that we are transitioning in this investigation. we want to put it out there because of the vigilance of the public, the recent successful cases of missing children that had been recovered as a result of that vigilance from the public.

    >> and her family returned home yesterday after police searched the property not far from the canadian border . no indication she ran away or someone took her. investigators knocked on about 300 doors in the area for clues in the case.

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