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Media Advisory: National Child Abduction Expert Available to Discuss Missing Child Celina Cass
July 29, 2011
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DURHAM, N.H. –David Finkelhor, director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire, is available to discuss the disappearance of Celina Cass of West Stewartstown, N.H.

Finkelhor can be reached at 603-767-1010 and

Cass, 11, was last seen at a computer in her home Monday night, July 25, 2011, according to media reports. She was discovered missing the following day. More than 100 investigators, including those with the FBI’s Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team, are searching for the girl.

Finkelhor has been studying the problems of child victimization, child maltreatment, and family violence since 1977. He has extensively researched child homicide, missing and abducted children, children exposed to domestic and peer violence and other forms of family violence. He is editor and author of 11 books and more than 150 journal articles and book chapters. In 1994, he was given the Distinguished Child Abuse Professional Award by the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and in 2004 he was given the Significant Achievement Award from the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.

The University of New Hampshire, founded in 1866, is a world-class public research university with the feel of a New England liberal arts college. A land, sea, and space-grant university, UNH is the state's flagship public institution, enrolling 12,200 undergraduate and 2,300 graduate students.

David Finkelhor, director of the UNH Crimes against Children Research Center.


Media Contact: Lori Wright | 603-862-0574 | UNH Media Relations

Secondary Contact: David Finkelhor | 603-767-1010 | Crimes Against Children Research Center
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