Police: CPS had previous contact with Celis family

Published: May. 17, 2012 at 6:17 PM MST|Updated: Nov. 11, 2015 at 5:29 PM MST
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Isabel Celis
Isabel Celis
Sgt. Maria Hawke
Sgt. Maria Hawke

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Tucson Police Department said today that Child Protective Services had been involved with the family of a missing Tucson girl months before she disappeared.

Tucson Police Sgt. Maria Hawke said "previous contact has occurred," but TPD was not involved so it would be inappropriate to comment further.

Isabel Celis, 6, was reported missing from her home on April 21. She was last seen the night before when she was put to bed.

Hawke said the case has been classified as an abduction, but police aren't distinguishing whether it is a stranger abduction or someone known to the family.

Isabel's father, Sergio Celis, is in agreement with CPS to voluntarily stay away from her two older brothers.

Hawke said he has not been placed under any restrictions by police.

She said no one has been ruled out as a suspect, but no one has been identified as a suspect.

The case is nowhere close to being classified as a cold case, Hawke said.

"Investigators have what they need to be working on in this case well into three weeks from now," she said.

Police have searched lakes and landfills, contacted all 542 registered sex offenders in the area, and canvassed neighborhoods in an effort to find Isabel.

Hawke said police haven't come across any signs that indicate that she's not alive.

"The hope is that she is still alive, and we operate under that guise," Hawke said.

The next press briefing will be Monday at 2 p.m. Tucson News Now will stream the briefing live on our live video page.

Links to the stream can also be found on our home page and our Finding Isabel page, where you will also find all the latest news on the case.

You can also follow our updates on Facebook and Twitter.

The transcript from the father's 911 call can be seen here: http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/18395759/father-to-911-she-was-abducted-from-my-house

And the transcript of the 911 call by Isabel's brother and mother can be seen here: http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/18395708/celis-911-call-someone-broke-in-and-grabbed-her

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