Six months later: The search for Isabel Celis continues
Six months have gone by since Isabel Celis dispapeared. 9 On Your Side checked in with Tucson Police to find out what's the status of the investigation to find and bring her home.Photo: Video by kgun9.com
CREATED Oct. 18, 2012
Reporter: Justin Schecker
Web Producer: Mekita Rivas
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - 180. That's how many days the parents of Isabel Celis have hoped and prayed that this will be the day they'll see their little girl again.
Today, six months after her disappearance, the question is: Where does the investigation to find her stand?
Nine On Your Side asked the Tucson Police Department for an update.
"We definitely don't want to encourage them to think that we've dropped the ball," said Sargeant Maria Hawke. "Or that we are not actively looking, because that is not accurate in any respect."
One hundred days into the investigation, TPD Chief Roberto Villasenor's offered words of hope about the case.
"There will always be part of this agency and part of the detective's mindset that they're still working this and still hope to bring it to a conclusion," he said at the time.
Police are continuing to treat this case as an abduction, but many questions remain unanswered.
"Now whether that was an abduction by someone that she knew or someone that was unknown to her, is still what's in question," Hawke said.
Nine On Your Side asked if TPD has ruled anybody out as suspects in the investigation.
"No, nobody has actually been ruled out at this point," Hawke said. "We are still looking at all possibilities."
Although two detectives are still working this case full-time, as the days go by, police said fewer tips are coming in.
Even so, detectives are prepared to go back and review any of the 3,000 tips they've received since Isabel disappeared in April.
"Sometimes that generates new leads, which then they'll follow up on and call in additional resources as they deem appropriate," Hawke said.