Don Whipple/AP
Sara Hammel
August 05, 2011 06:00 PM

The stepfather of 11-year-old Celina Cass, whose body was found in a New Hampshire river Monday, has checked into a mental health facility, according to reports.

This is the second hospitalization in the last week for Wendell Noyes, 47, who also was taken by ambulance on Monday after suffering an unspecified medical problem shortly after he was seen dropping onto the ground, lying face down, and flailing. He was released soon after.

There are still no answers about what happened to Cass, and authorities say they are waiting for toxicology results before determining a cause of death. Police have not named any suspects in her death, which authorities are calling “suspicious.”

Noyes is married to Celina Cass’s mother, Louisa, who has stayed out of the media’s glare since her daughter went missing. The girl was last seen at the home where she lived with her mother, stepfather and older sister on Monday, July 25 around 9 p.m., according to police.

The following morning she had vanished with no signs of a struggle or indication she’d run away, authorities say.

Local news channel WMUR reports that Cass’s body was wrapped in a blanket when she was found in the Connecticut River.

Wendell Noyes, who has not been named as a suspect or a person of interest in the case, has a troubled past: in 2003 he was involuntarily committed to a hospital because of schizophrenia and arrested for threatening an ex-girlfriend, according to court documents, ABC News reports. He was also charged with violating a protective order held by his ex-girlfriend and for criminal trespassing, criminal threatening and hindering apprehension.

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