Day 5: Parents issue statement, plea for daughter's return
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Rebecca and Sergio Celis addressed the media during a 2:00 p.m. news conference at the current Tucson Police command post located at Broadway Boulevard and Craycoft Road.
Rebecca Celis stated, "to the millions of people around the world who continue to pray and volunteer their time and endless efforts. We do not want you to focus on anything but Isa being returned to us. We are here today to plea for a safe return of our baby girl Isabel."
Then Sergio Celis addressed the media and said, "we are cooperating to the fullest extent with the investigation. We are increasing the reward. Just please, please to the person or persons who has Isabel tell us your demands. Tell us what you want, we will do anything for her. We are looking for you Isa we love you and we miss you so much. We will never give up we will never give up looking for you."
The next press briefing by Tucson Police will be held at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday.
Police say they are now shifting their focus to searching washes and desert areas. This is still being considered a search operation, not a recovery operation.
The number of law enforcement officials searching for 6-year-old Isabel, missing since Saturday, has dropped significantly . Over the weekend, 150 to 200 officers were involved in the search for the missing child. As of Wednesday morning, police report 20-25 local officers will stay on the trail.
Tucson Police served another search warrant on the Celis home overnight to allow FBI agents to conduct a separate search of the home. FBI profilers have combed through the house, but have yet to speak with the family.
Investigators have received about 300+ leads and will continue to follow any new leads that are received.
A $30,000 reward is being offered through 88-CRIME for any tip that may lead to finding Isabel Celis.
Stay with KGUN 9 On Your Side and KGUN9.com for the latest developments in the search for Isabel Mercedes Celis.