On Friday, Tucson, Arizona police announced that remains found nearly a month ago are those of a six-year-old girl, Isabel Celis, who disappeared from her bedroom almost five years ago. According to a statement made by Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus, when the police found the remains of the missing girl in Pima County, it was “not by happenstance.”
Magnus said the remains of the young girl were identified by an out-of-state lab in Virginia. Her remains were identified through DNA analysis.
Magnus said that finding the girl’s remains was not the ending authorities were hoping for, but he added that finding her remains does not close the case. He added that the police are still working the case “very aggressively.”
According to FOX News, the last time Celis was seen was on April 20, 2012. She was six years old at that time. The little girl was last seen by family members at 11 p.m. when she went to bed for the night.
The following morning, when her father went into her room around 8 a.m. to wake her, she was gone. Worried about what could have happened to his daughter, her father reported her missing to the Tucson, Arizona police.
The police have never released the names of any suspects. However, they have found what they believe are suspicious circumstances pointing to an area of entry into the family home.
Eighteen months after Celis went missing, the police renewed their efforts to find her. The Washington Post reported that the police conducted “exhaustive searches.” They even went door-to-door looking for her.
When the remains found in a rural area of Pima County, Arizona were recently identified as those of Celis, Tucson Medical Center, where Celis’ mother is employed as a nurse, issued a statement in support of Isabel’s family and their community. The statement thanked the community for its support and the refusal to give up hope, but now, it is time for the family to grieve.
Magnus did not release many details regarding the girl’s remains and their recovery of her body. He did not elaborate and say how long the six-year-old girl’s body may have been in the desert or what had led to her death.
The Tucson, Arizona police chief did not mention if they had any suspects and he did not answer questions about what led police to the girl’s body. He said many Tucson Police investigators have worked the case for years and eventually the course of the investigation led them to her remains. Magnus said the investigation into the girl’s death is ongoing.
The remains of six-year-old Isabel Celis were found in a rural area of Pima County, in Tucson, Arizona, last month. The news that DNA analysis conducted at a Virginia lab positively identified the remains as being those of Celis were announced at a news conference on Friday. Magnus said the police department is still requesting tips from the public about the case. He said he thinks it is possible that people know something about happened to the young girl. He said that “reverberations” about what happened to Celis have gone well beyond the Tucson area and even the state of Arizona. He said people all across the country have been affected by the young girl’s disappearance and death.
By John Samuels
Photo Courtesy Tucson PD