ISABEL CELIS – ENDANGERED MISSING April 20, 2012 – USMCC000423LTWH – UPDATED 01.31.2014
UPDATE: January 31, 2014
Police back canvassing the neighborhood Isabel disappeared from on the 2nd anniversary of her disappearance.
As the 2 year anniversary of the disappearance of Isabel Celis passed, over 50 police officers were out canvassing the neighbor hood where Isabel and her family live. With no new leads since Isabel’s disappearance, authorities went door to door, to over 350 homes and apartments, in the hopes of finding any new information which could point them in the right direction to finding answers for Isabel and ending this nightmare. Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Dugan stated “Any time there’s a child missing it becomes personal, we want to do everything we can. Every minute that passes is a big deal to us. As soon as we get information we’d like to follow up on those leads.” – and the effort was well worth it as police have said they were able to get a few new leads to follow up on.
Police are keeping some details private, not saying whether they have a suspect or not, and whether they believe if Isabel is still alive or not.
Isabel’s mother, Becky Celis, stated that she believes giving the police a chance to take a fresh approach to her daughter’s case will be helpful. “Someone out there knows something and that’s the only way we are going to get our answers. That can only bring hope. We are happy they are trying to get new eyes on the case,” stated Becky.
Although there are so many unanswered questions in this case – there is one thing that remains a constant truth – the search for Isabel will not stop until she is brought home.
Date of Birth: August 27, 2005
Height: 3’8” Weight: 44 lbs
Hair: Light Brown Eyes: Hazel
Missing: April 20, 2012 From: Tucson, AZ
Isabel Celis disappeared from her bedroom on April 20, 2012. According to Isabel’s father, Sergio Celis, the family came home late that night and after putting Isabel to sleep, he fell asleep on the couch. Isabel’s mother, Becky Celis, left for work at 7:00AM, but didn’t check on Isabel. At 8:00AM, Sergio went to wake up Isabel and found her room empty. He immediately called the police to report his daughter missing. When authorities arrived, they found a window open with the screen pushed aside, and concern for Isabel’s safety increased drastically.
An extensive search for the little girl was launched, with investigators and volunteers searching Isabel’s neighborhood and an area landfill for any traces of Isabel. Nothing was found. The investigation quickly turned from a missing child case to an abducted child case. Officers interviewed all the sex offenders in the area, and again came up with nothing. Police also handed out questionnaires to Isabel’s neighbors, asking if they have security cameras or heard noises on the night Isabel disappeared.
They are hoping that something may have been caught in a surveillance video. In their efforts to gain footage which may be valuable to this case, they were able to find footage from a camera pointed right at the Celis home, about 225 feet away. A piece of footage the authorities uncovered opened up a possible lead in Isabel’s case. A potential key witness came forward as authorities began to expand their investigation into Mexico. U.S. Marshals asked Mexican authorities to expand the search of Isabel across the American borders to include hotels, bus stations and businesses in the town of Sonora.
Police released information stating that one of five individuals capture on surveillance footage near the Celis home on the night Isabel disappeared, has come forward. The video, recorded outside a nightclub, show three women and two men walking toward the Celis home at approximately 1:30AM, on the night Isabel disappeared.
A neighbor of the Celis’, Alicia Stardevant, came forward saying that she heard noises in the early morning hours when Isabel disappeared. She states that her dogs began barking at 6:30AM and she heard male voices outside her bedroom window. She also says that there were no sounds to indicate a struggle.
In the days after Isabel’s disappearance, search and rescue dogs as well as cadaver dogs went through the family’s home.
FBI behavior analysts also went through the home looking for any clues as to what happened to Isabel. Police later confirmed they saw what they believed to be blood on Isabel’s bedroom floor, “dark red brown stains” in a car outside the family’s home and stains on a shower curtain.
In a strange twist, Sergi Celis, was barred from having any contact with his two older sons by authorities. According to a released statement, new information in Isabel’s case led detectives to call Child Protective Services.
The two boys are now residing with their mother, Becky, who moved into a new residence to comply with the order. She maintains that her husband is a wonderful father and partner. No more details were given, but they did state that Sergio is not a suspect in his daughter’s disappearance. A little more digging into the removal of the children, uncovered records that Child Protective Services had in fact visited the family in the December prior to Isabel’s disappearance. Officials cannot release the circumstances surrounding the visit.
Another witness came forward to authorities pointing a finger at Sergio, stating he allegedly owed someone money, speculating that Isabel may have been abducted over a cash dispute. The man also stated that something didn’t seem right about what was going on and alluded that he believed Sergio was involved in some way. When Sergio was asked about the public feeling he may be involved, he replied “Let them think what they want. We are here living the nightmare. There’s a lot more eating away at our hearts.”
Isabel’s family will not give up hope that their little girl will be brought home soon. They have painted her bedroom walls purple, and stacked cards and stuffed animals on her bed, waiting for her arrival.
As more than a year passed after Isabel’s disappearance, Sergio has come forward stating that a family member refuses to talk to the private investigator which the Celis’ had hired. “It’s frustrating to run against a wall. This person has an attorney and they’re not going to let them speak a word, protecting somebody that we feel has a lot more information to give.
And if it has to be anonymous, so be it. We just want her home. We want our baby home. We want this nightmare over.” Sergio also made it clear that he does not believe this family member committed a crime, just that they could have information which could be critical to the case.
A reward of $60,000.00 is being offered for any information the results in the recovery of Isabel.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Isabel Celis, please immediately contact the Tucson Police Department at:
The National Center For Missing & Exploited Children at: