Day 3: Celis family issues statement; police following new leads
Update on Isabelle Celist disappearance with Tucson Police Chief roberto VillasenorPhoto: Video by kgun9.com
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The Celis family issued a statement to the public through the Tucson Police Department Monday evening. It reads:
"We appreciate everyone's interest in finding our daughter, Isabel and thank all the volunteers who have come out to search for her. We are cooperating fully with authorities and are focused only on her safe return. We appreciate all your energy and efforts and continue to need the community's help. Please call the TPD if you have any information. We love Isabel and will never give up finding her. Thank you for all your support."
TPD held press conferences every two hours to update the public and media on the disappearance of 6-year-old Isabel Celis.
A team of two FBI K9s arrived from Virgina and began their initial search of the home late last night, and alerted police to new evidence. Police will not say what that evidence is, but they have since sealed off the home and are treating it as a crime scene. Family members are not being allowed back inside the home at this time. They did confirm a screen was removed from a window in the girl's bedroom, but will not say if that was the point of entry into the bedroom.
Police are still calling the case a "suspicious disappearance" and "possible abduction." Authorities have expanded their search to include a nearly three mile radius from the family's home on 12th Street near Broadway and Craycroft. Authorities are also going door-to-door looking for clues, including any surveillance video from surrounding businesses.
Around 150 Tucson Police officers, along with law enforcement officers from the FBI, US Marshals, Pima County Sheriff's Deputies, Department of Corrections bloodhounds and FBI dogs from Virginia are part in the search that is taking place in a 3-mile radius around the home.
Monday, Tucson Police searched the Los Reales Landfill for any evidence that may have been picked up during trash collection in the neighborhood. The search was 75 percent complete by day's end and should wrap up Tuesday afternoon.
Police haven't named any suspects or persons of interest. They say they are not ruling out anyone, including family.
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