CREATED Aug. 26, 2013
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A new revelation in an abduction case that's gone all but cold. On the eve of the seven year old’s birthday, Isabel Celis' parents tell KGUN9 News there is a family member out there who they believe could help bring their daughter home but who is not talking.
Tucson police reported someone abducted “Isa” in April 2012. Detectives have said this case is still open and no one has been ruled out as a suspect.
Through interviews, car washes, posters and prayer, Becky and Sergio Celis have helped keep Isabel’s face and story on Tucsonans’ minds and streets.
“The person who's going to bring Isa home is that angel that's out there,” Becky told KGUN9.
That “angel,” she explained, has information to help crack the case.
She pointed to angels in similar cases throughout the country. In Ohio, for example, three young women went missing and then were rescued a decade later with the help of strangers.
“It had nothing to do with the police,” she said. “It had to do with that community. Someone in the community just stepped out of the comfort zone and came up and said, 'I know something.’”
“It's the biggest test of having the patience of waiting for that,” Sergio added.
But this time -- just before Isabel’s eighth birthday -- they are not talking in general about someone somewhere maybe knowing something.
Sergio said there is one particular person out there with critical information and, he said, that person isn’t talking to the family's hired investigator.
“It's frustrating to run against a wall of: this person has an attorney and they're not going to let them speak a word,” Sergio said.
That attorney, he said, is “protecting somebody that we feel has a lot of information to give."
Sergio said the person refused to answer questions posed by the private investigator and others.
He said that person is a family member, but would not give the person’s name because he didn’t want to jeopardize the chances of the person coming forward.
The Celises also said they do not know the motivation for that person's silence and they do not believe that person committed a crime.
They said the individual had access to their home and might know of others who entered it.
They pleaded for any information.
“If it has to be anonymous, so be it,” Sergio said. “We just want her home. We want our baby home. We want this nightmare over.”
“But we wake up, we persevere, take care of our family, take care of each other,” he said. “But there is a level of frustration out there that is beyond words.”
“Until then, we just have to get up on the camera and keep begging -- begging for that person to have that strength,” Becky added.
KGUN9 asked Tucson Police Department if there is a person or people whom detectives want to interview in this case but cannot or have not.
Update: It took two business days for the police department to respond. Sgt. Maria Hawke wrote in a statement late Tuesday:
"At this time, I can confirm that no known Celis family members or their friends have failed to cooperate with an interview when Tucson Police Department personnel have requested one of them. The investigation remains open. There is no new information regarding the investigation that we are able to release at this time."