Uncle: Isabel's parents glad they went on TV

Isabel Celis was reported missing from her home on April 21.
Isabel Celis was reported missing from her home on April 21.
Sgt. Maria Hawke
Sgt. Maria Hawke

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The family of a missing 6-year-old Tucson girl was more publicly visible today with her parents appearing on a national morning show and her uncle speaking to the media this afternoon.

Isabel Celis was reported missing on April 21.

Her uncle, Louis Rodriguez, said the family wants to give thanks for the love and support they've received from the community and the prayers they've gotten from around the world.

Rodriguez also said the family will speak with local media soon but is waiting for the right time.

He said Isabel's parents are happy they went on national TV this morning to continue to get their daughter's name and face out.

Rodriguez said the family has been questioned extensively.

"They have come and asked us," he said. "We'll answer them until they focus on the right person and find the appropriate people."

Tucson Police confirmed today that the parents took polygraph tests early in the investigation.

Sgt. Maria Hawke said at a press conference, "It is accurate that the parents have done polygraph tests," but those results will not be shared.

She said detectives are working every minute of every day on this case. There is no time it's being left unattended.

She said they are operating under the assumption that Isabel Celis is alive and with someone, and they still plan to bring her home safely.

Police have received 500 tips since the search began, but Hawke said they did not get any reported sightings of Celis in the past 24 hours.

Hawke said the police have no specific information about whether a ransom has been demanded.

The reward remains at about $50,000.

TPD says they are not able to release any additional surveillance video at this time.

The next press conference will be tomorrow at 2 p.m. Tucson News Now will stream it live.

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