Police reports shed new light on Celis investigation
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - On day 34 of the search for Isabel Celis, Tucson Police handed over a massive release of police records that sheds light on the investigation thus far. The reports show what exactly officers were doing to help bring "Isa" home.
9OYS reporter Marcelino Benito sifted through the hundreds of police reports Thursday night. He uncovered details on tips in the case from the believable to the bizarre. Each page offers a different clue Tucson Police had no choice but to follow.
Tucson Police has searched everything from lakes to trash cans across the city. Throughout the search they've found things like dead animals in bags covered with maggots, rotting rattlesnake carcasses, even little girl shoes collected for evidence at Highland Park. None if it has led them to Isabel.
9OYS also learned more about the investigation into the Celis family. Police reports reveal all family members were swabbed for DNA. Rebecca and Sergio submitted blood samples. Police also questioned Rebecca about her other children and whether they could hurt Isabel. She says there's no way. Sergio tells police he fell asleep on the couch in the family room until 5 a.m. That's when he woke up to join Rebecca in bed the morning Isabel disappeared. He tells police the window was closed the last time he saw Isabel.
Police have also collected footprints around several key locations. Exact addresses still not available. What's described as "apparent blood" was also found on the floor of an unspecified residence. Police also checked for semen samples.
The reports reveal a thorough investigation, one where police have looked into every lead that's come in no matter how far fetched. Police reveal one call from a pay phone, where the caller claims to have Isabel, and threatens to kill her if police don't get there in 10 minutes. It turned out to be a prank call. In another instance, two men at a bar confess to playing a role in Isabel's disappearance, only to recant when they sobered up the next morning.
At day 34, these documents show police have covered their bases, even following leads from several so called psychics that have called in.
Despite the massive records release, there's quite a bit police still aren't talking about. Key parts of these reports were redacted to protect the investigation. Stay with KGUN9 and KGUN9.com for the latest on the Celis investigation.