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Parents of Isabel Celis make plea for her return

Search moves to washes, drainage areas

The parents of missing 6-year-old Isabel Celis made tearful pleas in English and Spanish on Wednesday for the return of their daughter.

"We are here today to plea for the safe return of our baby girl, Isabel," said Becky Celis at a 2 p.m. press conference.

"Please, please, to the person or persons who have Isabel: Tell us your demands. Tell us what you want," said Sergio Celis.

"We love you, Isabel, and we miss you so much. We will never give up looking for you," he said.

The Celises also thanked the investigators and supporters who are looking for their daughter, who was last seen at 11 p.m. on Friday when she went to bed.

Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor said investigations like Isabel's take time, defending the pace of the department's work on the case.

"Forensic work takes time. Investigative work takes time. We’re trying to do the best we can with limited information," he said at a Wednesday afternoon press conference.

Investigators have turned their attention to washes and drainage areas in the search for Isabel, Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor said Wednesday morning.

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"We're not gonna take the chance of overlooking anything," Villaseñor said at a morning press conference.

Investigators have gathered surveillance video from businesses and homes, but have not said if they've found anything on the tapes.

They are also looking into reports of dogs barking early on the morning Isabel disappeared, Tucson Police said at an 8 p.m. news conference Wednesday.

ABC News reported Wednesday morning that neighbors have been given questionnaires asking for information about surveillance cameras, dogs barking, and who she is normally with and what she is seen doing.

Villaseñor said Tuesday night that the investigation is moving from the search phase to an investigative phase. Personnel have been scaled back to about 50 from about 150 working in the neighborhood and areas near the Celis home, the Huffington Post reported.

Meanwhile, behavioral analysts from the FBI have completed a search of the Celis home in hopes of finding clues to Isabel's disappearance, Villaseñor said.

Tucson Police said Wednesday evening that the analysts will spend Thursday reviewing interviews conducted by its investigators.

Sergio Celis discovered his daughter missing from her bedroom the following Saturday morning. After searching the home, the police were contacted around 8 a.m.

While the family was cleared to return to the home Tuesday, they've chosen not to, KOLD News reported.

“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.

A search of Los Reales Landfill was completed on Tuesday afternoon, with no breakthroughs, Villaseñor said.

Tucson Police said Wednesday evening that they have now received more than 300 tips in the case.

An $30,000 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 second vigil was held Tuesday evening in at Freedom Park 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 has not released 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.”