Friday, March 31, 2017

Tucson police say Isabel Celis' remains found

Magnus said the remains were found in "rural Pima County" and were
sent to Bode Cellmark Forensics in Virginia where DNA evidence was
confirmed.
"We see this as absolutely a tragedy," Magnus said in a news
conference Friday afternoon. "We were all hoping to find her alive."

Isabel was last seen April 20, 2012. Her father reported her missing the
next morning after finding she was not in her bedroom.
Police never named any suspects but said they found "suspicious
circumstances around a possible entry point" in the home.
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"This is not an ending we would have hoped for, but this is not the end
to the case," Magnus said.
Magnus said investigators are again asking for the public's help in
solving the case.
Police and volunteers conducted exhaustive searches and even
renewed a door-to-door effort to find the girl 18 months after her
disappearance.
The search began when Sergio Celis went to wake Isabel up for a
baseball game, and she wasn't there. Becky Celis had already left for
work. Sergio Celis called authorities.


Police spent the next several weeks interviewing neighbors. They
checked surveillance videos of nearby businesses, canvassed parks
and even a landfill.
A neighbor said she heard her dogs barking and male voices outside
her bedroom window about 6:30 a.m. on the day Isabel was reported
missing. The neighbor said there were no sounds that indicated a
struggle.

About a month after her disappearance, police revealed Sergio Celis
had been barred from having contact with the girl's two older brothers
for a period of time, but they did not say why.
Sergio Celis said he wants to see detectives apply the same scrutiny to
any new leads.
"That was my main hope when everything revamped, that hopefully
they'll go in a more appropriate direction that they weren't looking at
from the beginning," he said.
The couple said a relative who moved away shortly after Isabel went
missing has been uncooperative with the investigation. They hope
police will get to interview him. The Celises would only say the relative
is someone who hasn't been in contact with the family.
Someone approaches them at least once a week to say they are
thinking of Isabel, Becky Celis said.
Meanwhile, they are trying to maintain a normal life of school and
activities for Isabel's two older brothers. But they say they are resistant
to make new memories without their "Isa."



http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona/2017/03/31/missing-tucson-girl-isabel-celis/99888614/