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January 19. 2012 11:53PM

Now in jail, he's close to Celina case


Snow-covered flowers line the headstone of Celina Cass on Saturday in the Northumberland Cemetery. (Charles Jordan/The Colebrook Chronicle)

A young man living in Celina Cass’ home in West Stewartstown before her murder last summer has been jailed on several charges, including the forgery of the name of Cass’ mother, the New Hampshire Union Leader has learned.

Kevin Mullaney, 23, of Lemington, Vt., has been in the Coos County jail in West Stewartstown since Jan. 10. He is being held on $31,000 cash bail on charges unrelated to the homicide of the 11-year-old girl.

Cass’ body was discovered Aug. 1 in the impoundment of a Connecticut River dam, ending a frantic, weeklong search that started after she was reported missing from her family home.

Authorities have called her death a homicide, but have yet to make an arrest. Several people lived in the Cass family home at the time of her disappearance, including Mullaney and Wendell Noyes, Cass’ stepfather.

Today, a grand jury is expected to meet in Coos County, according to the office of the Coos County Superior Court clerk.

New Hampshire homicide prosecutor Jeffery Strelzin refused to confirm or deny whether a grand jury is sitting, or whether it is focusing on Cass’ slaying. Grand juries can subpoena people to testify about their knowledge of crimes and issue formal charges.

Mark Mullaney, Kevin’s father and the current roommate of Louisia Noyes, said he does not believe Kevin had anything to do with Cass’ death.

“They’ve always felt he is holding back. I would imagine this is part of what they feel they need to do for their investigation,” Mark Mullaney said of his son’s arrest.

He said his son’s demeanor is likely frustrating to police.

“He can be sarcastic, and he certainly has done things in his situation as a convicted felon that he shouldn’t have,” Mark Mullaney said. He added: “(Kevin’s) as anxious for this to be settled as anybody.”

The younger Mullaney appeared in Colebrook District Court Thursday on a probable cause hearing on several charges, according to the Colebrook News and Sentinel. One of the charges involved the Oct. 4 forgery of Noyes’ name on a check cashed at Towle’s Market in West Stewartstown.

“He (Kevin) stole one of my checks,” Louisia Noyes said Thursday. It was a closed account, and he tried to cash a $250 check, Noyes said.

Shortly after her daughter’s murder, Noyes moved from the West Stewartstown apartment and made changes to her life. She broke up with her husband, Wendell Noyes. Louisia and Cass’ older sister, Kayla, 14, moved to Lemington, Vt.

Eventually, Mark Mullaney, a former boyfriend, moved in with Noyes and Kayla. Kevin also lived with them. Noyes said she wanted Kevin to move out before Christmas, but hadn’t forced the issue.

“Kevin moved out about two weeks ago because he wasn’t paying his rent, and we were on his back about it,” said Mark Mullaney, who is unemployed. “He ended up in a homeless shelter in Lancaster.”

Mullaney was jailed on Jan. 10, according to a jail official. He is also charged with possession of stolen property, breach of bail and felon in possession of a firearm.

The News and Sentinel is expected to report on the Thursday hearing next week. The hearing focused on the theft of an Iver Johnson .22-caliber pistol from the Stewartstown camp of Sharon Abbott.

During the hearing, New Hampshire State Police alleged Mullaney had received the stolen weapon between late November and early January. He took the gun to another person, who said that a Manchester resident was interested in purchasing it.

That buyer was an undercover police officer.

State police also said Thursday that Kevin Mullaney was arrested in Franconia on Dec. 22 and charged with misuse of license plates and drug possession. At the time of his arrest, he listed his residence as Stewartstown.

Also Thursday, Louisia Noyes said she is frustrated with authorities. Earlier this week, they told her there was nothing new in the investigation. But a customer on Thursday entered Noyes’ workplace, the Lads and Ladybugs consignment shop, and told her a grand jury will hear information about the case.

“They just said it was a grand jury,” Noyes said. It was upsetting not to hear it from officials, she said.

“I had called several different people and they said, ‘No, nothing new.’ Then I hear about this at work today,” Noyes said Thursday night. “Why wasn’t I informed?”

Jan. 2 would have been Cass’ 12th birthday. On that day, Louisia Noyes and Mark Mullaney visited the dam area where Cass’ body was found.

“We went down to the dam,” Mullaney said. “And Louisia brought a Teddy bear for her birthday, a banner and some balloons.”


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