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FBI profilers to aid in search for Isabel Celis

Family allowed to return home; police end landfill search

Profilers from the FBI were expected to arrive in Tucson on Tuesday to aid investigators in the search for missing 6-year-old Isabel Mercedes Celis.

Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor said at a noon press briefing Tuesday that investigators are hoping the behavior analysts would be able to give them more information about what to look for.

Investigators also wrapped up their search of Los Reales Landfill on Tuesday afternoon, with no breakthroughs, Villaseñor said at a 4 p.m. briefing.

Earlier in the day, the Celis family was allowed to return to their home after investigators finished searching in and around the residence in the 5600 block of E. 12th St., where she was last seen around 11 p.m. Friday when she went to bed.

Isabel was last seen when she went to bed at 11 p.m. Friday. Her father, Sergio Celis, discovered her missing from her bedroom the following morning. After searching the home, the police were contacted around 8 a.m.

Police have received about 250 tips and leads in what is now the highest profile missing child case in the nation, Villaseñor said at 4 p.m.

“Obviously I’m disappointed we haven’t found her at this point,” he said and added that authorities won't give up hope.

"We have a child who's missing. We have suspicious circumstances. We are going to do everything possible to locate that child," he said earlier.

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An $8,000 reward is being offered through 88-CRIME for information that leads to Isabel. The Center for Missing & Exploited Children is encouraging anyone with tips to call (800) THE-LOST or leave a tip online through its CyberTipline.

A vigil was planned for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Freedom Park, 5000 E. 29th St., to show support for the Celis family.

Isabel weighs 44 pounds and is 3 feet 8 inches tall. She has long brown hair, hazel eyes and is missing two front teeth, one on the bottom and one on top. The Tucson Police Department does not have any information about what she was last wearing.

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A statement from the family

“We appreciate everyone’s interest in finding our daughter, Isabel, and thank all the volunteers who have come out to search for her. We are cooperating fully with authorities, and are focused only on her safe return. We appreciate all your energy and efforts and continue to need the community’s help. Please call TPD if you have any information. We love Isabel and will never give up finding her. Thank you for all your support.”