TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A day after Isabel Celis’ birthday, police reveal new details about the investigation into the eight year old’s abduction. Detectives have gone all over the country and aboard because that's where tips are coming from.
“I want people to know that the case is still very, very much on the forefront of the Tucson Police Department,” said Assistant Chief Brett Klein, adding this is "very much an open case.”
Klein said detectives still work the investigation, although not full time, because new information is still coming in.
“We've had tips as late as last week,” he said. “We have information that comes in drips and drabs.”
Here's an example: people across the country have reported seeing Celis at places like a truck stop and a Wal-Mart, Klein said.
Those and other tips are from Texas, Arkansas, Washington, California, Arizona and other states, as well as Mexico. TPD detectives have sometimes traveled to those places to investigate, Klein said, and other times local law enforcement has.
“We get a variety of different sources of information -- some of it second and third hand,” Klein explained. “But it doesn't stop us from still going out. No matter how outside the usual the tip may seem to be, we still work it to see if it's going to lead us in another direction.”
And what about Celis’ parents, Becky and Sergio, telling KGUN9 News
there is a relative who refuses to talk to the family's private 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 told KGUN9
Klein said everyone who detectives have asked to interview has cooperated.
Still, there are no suspects and no one has been ruled out.
KGUN9 reporter Kevin Keen asked Klein, “What does it mean to the people on this case that yesterday was Isabel's eighth birthday?”
“It's another reminder that we have a little girl that's missing,” the assistant chief answered. “It's another reminder that we've got a lot of work left to do. It's another reminder to us that we're not going to stop.”
TPD continues to ask the public for tips. Klein said someone might not think something they saw in April 2012 or more recently is a big deal, but detectives can help figure that out. The number to call locally is 88-CRIME.