Chief Villaseñor: "Don't read too much into this"
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - During the 3:00 p.m. press conference, Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor told the media that Sergio Celis reached a voluntary agreement with Child Protective Services to not be in contact with the sons. They are currently living with the Isabel's mother, Rebecca.
"I don't want people to read too much into this," said Chief Villaseñor.
Villaseñor said there is a renewed interest in the missing case of 6-year-old Isabel Celis because of the involvement of CPS. He wanted to stress that CPS has been involved in the investigation since Isabel went missing 24 days ago.
Police have released the 9-1-1 audio of the calls received the morning Isabel went missing. (The full audio clip is available in the video box on the upper left corner of this page.)
Police continue to emphasize they have not settled on a specific investigative path and are open to multiple paths for investigators to follow.
Chief Villasenor said there are currently 12-15 investigators following up on external investigation. Four investigators are following up on the family involvement in the case.
Police have contacted over 500 sex offenders who live in the surrounding area.
More than 1,600 surveys have been canvassed in the neighborhood.
On Friday, Tucson Police told the media the siblings of Isabel Celis, are now in the custody of Rebecca Celis. Sergio Celis reached an agreement with CPS that he would be keeping his distance from the children. It is unknown how long the separation of the family will take place.
KGUN9 contacted CPS, which confirmed it was "working closely with law enforcement." A statement from the agency read: "At the present time, the children are not in CPS custody. The [Ariz. Department of Economic Security] appreciates the community's support and understanding in protecting the privacy rights and safety needs for these children during this ongoing joint investigation."
Authorities have received 1,000+ leads through 9-1-1, 88-CRIME and TipSoft. They are following up on all leads and re-following up on previously received leads.
Tucson Police will be holding their next media briefing on Thursday at 2:00 p.m.
The full 911 audio recording as released by Tucson Police Monday afternoon is available in the video box on the upper left corner of this page. Tucson police redacted the clip before releasing it to remove private or sensitive information; those edits probably account for some of the silent spots on the recording. Otherwise, the audio is presented here in unedted form.
Stay with KGUN9 On Your Side and KGUN9.com for the latest developments in the search for missing 6-year-old Isabel Mercedes Celis.