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« Reply #180 on: August 09, 2012, 01:25:15 PM »

Tucson girls' prank 911 call had high cost
Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:29 PM MDT
Updated: Jul 24, 2012 10:08 AM MDT

TUCSON, AZ (CBS5/AP) - Tucson police spent nearly $4,700 investigating a series of prank calls by a 9-year-old girl and her 11-year-old sister.

The two girls were arrested after Tucson police said they called 911 multiple times claiming to be Isabel Celis, the 6-year-old Tucson girl who has been missing since April 21.

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« Reply #181 on: August 09, 2012, 02:34:08 PM »

Their parents should tear their tails up.  That wasn't funny in the least. 
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« Reply #182 on: August 12, 2012, 11:10:02 AM »

Their parents should tear their tails up.  That wasn't funny in the least. 
They (including parents) should be made to volunteer in a shelter of some sort.  They need to learn a lesson they won't ever forget.
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« Reply #183 on: August 19, 2012, 07:01:05 PM »

http://tucsoncitizen.com/pats-bits-and-bytes/?p=187
National Media Has a Lot More Theories About Isabel Celis
August 18, 2012

Isabel Celis, age 6, has been “gone” over 100 days now.  Precious little is heard about her in the local media the last couple of weeks.  Why?  Shouldn’t we keep her face front and center to remind everyone this little girl is still missing?

According to a 7/27/2012 newscast by KVOA TV-Com (Tucson local channel 4), the Celis family was together on 7/27/2012 at a prayer vigil, despite a previous voluntary agreement with Child Protective Services in Arizona that Sergio could not be around his family and sons.

KVOA reporters asked the Celis family about this and they refused to comment.  The news station attempted contact with CPS but were not given a response.  That seems to be the extent of the local updates.

However, national media outfits are saying or “hypothesizing” more about the hoax call on July 22 made by two local girls.  According to Jane Velez-Mitchell, who has a talk show airing weekdays on HLN, (locally this is channel 23 on Comcast) Sergio Celis has been allowed to move back into the Celis home and to have contact with his sons.
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« Reply #184 on: August 19, 2012, 07:20:58 PM »

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1208/16/ijvm.01.html
JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL

Pranksters Pretending to Be Missing Girl Arrested
; Pediatrician Arrested, Charged with Waterboarding 11-Year-Old Daughter; Rihanna Speaks Out

Aired August 16, 2012 - 19:00:00   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL, HLN HOST: Tonight, cops release fake calls to 911 in the search for missing Isabel Celis. We`re going to play those calls for you in just a moment.

Too young, and I mean young, sisters pull a prank and pretend to be the missing Arizona 6-year-old. They`re arrested. But are police any closer to finding out what really happened to little Isabel?

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We love you. And we miss you so much.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Isabel was last seen in this home by her parents.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They have been interviewed extensively.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We are cooperating to the fullest extent.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We`re labeling it as suspicious circumstances and the possible abduction.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: New details about what may have happened that Saturday morning.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I remember briefly waking up and hearing male voices outside my bedroom window.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We are here today to plea --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And we will never give up. We will never give up looking for you.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Tonight, a jaw-dropping twist in the disappearance of beautiful little Isabel Celis who vanished from her Tucson home. Tonight, cops say two other little girls from the very same town made a series of fake calls to 911 pretending to be Isabel. We`re going to play those calls for you in just a second.

You`ll remember 6-year-old Isabel vanished from her Tucson, Arizona, home four long months ago. Her dad reported her missing on the morning of April 21st after her mother had left for work as a nurse. Here`s the 911 call.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

REGIS CELIS, ISABEL CELIS` MOTHER: I went to work this morning at 7:00. And I didn`t even check on her. I should have come to check on her.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE DISPATCHER: Just take a deep breath.

REGIS CELIS: No. I can`t even (INAUDIBLE) --

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE DISPATCHER: Does your daughter have any medical condition?

REGIS CELIS: No. She has nothing.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE DISPATCHER: I`m sorry. She has what?

REGIS CELIS: She has nothing. There`s no medical conditions. She`s healthy.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE DISPATCHER: OK.

REGIS CELIS: No allergies. No medical conditions.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE DISPATCHER: OK. And you --

REGIS CELIS: She`s got brown hair.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE DISPATCHER: OK. Didn`t hear anything any at all?

REGIS CELIS: No, I didn`t hear anything at all.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Police say the bedroom window to Isabel`s room was open and the screen was removed. Blood was found in her bedroom.

Sex offenders in the neighborhood and Isabel`s family were questioned. But after four long months still no sign of Isabel. Recently however police thought they`d gotten a huge break in the case. 911 dispatchers got three calls from the same number, a child identifying herself as Isabel. Listen.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE DISPATCHER: 911, what is the emergency? Hello?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE CHILD: Hello.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE DISPATCHER: This is 911. How may I help you?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE CHILD: He`s coming.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE DISPATCHER: Who`s coming?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE CHILD: He`s coming. Help me.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE DISPATCHER: 911. What is the emergency?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE DISPATCHER: 911, what is the emergency?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE CHILD: Isabel.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE DISPATCHER: What are you reporting? 911.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE CHILD: Hello?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE DISPATCHER: What are you reporting?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE CHILD: I`m kidnapped.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE DISPATCHER: Do you have a police, fire or medical emergency?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE CHILD: I`ve said enough.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE DISPATCHER: What address are you at? What other cross street?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE CHILD: I don`t know.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE DISPATCHER: And are you reporting a kidnapping? Or have you been kidnapped?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE CHILD: Me.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE DISPATCHER: 911. What is the emergency? 911.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE CHILD: Hello?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE DISPATCHER: Hello. Can I help you?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE CHILD: He`s coming.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE DISPATCHER: What?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE CHILD: He`s coming.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE DISPATCHER: What address are you at? Do you know what address you`re at? Hello?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE CHILD: Hello.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE DISPATCHER: What address are you at? What street are you on?

(END VIDEOTAPE)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Chilling, chilling calls. Cops spent $5,000 investigating these calls. They were frantic to trace them down. And they finally did to a Tucson home where they found two sisters ages nine and 11. The sisters admitted making the prank calls. Nobody knows why they decided to do that.

Now, even though these girls are just nine and 11, they were arrested on suspicion of false reporting to authorities and taken to the juvenile jail. Should they be prosecuted? What do you think?

Call me. 1-877-JVMSAYS. 1-877-586-7297.

Straight out to former prosecutor Wendy Murphy.

Wendy, they`re nine and 11 years old. They should be reprimanded. They should not be allowed to use cell phones for a very long time. But prosecuted? They`re nine and 11.

WENDY MURPHY, FORMER PROSECUTOR: No. I mean, of course they`re not going to be prosecuted. I don`t think that`s a serious risk. But I`ll tell you why I think it`s terrific that they`ve been taken into custody. And I suspect this is why law enforcement did it. Separate them from their family so they can ask them the really important questions. Did someone put you up to this? Because maybe it isn`t, you know, just a child`s prank. And what I worry about in a case like this is that someone has an interest in distracting the public into thinking that Isabel is still out there somewhere which could create false leads, waste of resource, red herring strategy that might ultimately help the real perpetrator if this case gets to trial. And, you know, the jury is thinking, well, what about that 911 call where the girl called and said it was really her, oh, reasonable doubt.

So, I worry that someone put these kids up to this. And that`s why I`m glad they`ve been taken into custody. And I hope they`re asking them questions about their well-being, who do they know? Are they connected in any way to Isabel`s family or friends? You know, what`s the back story here?

VELEZ-MITCHELL: I know. Well, I don`t have such a conspiratorial theory. My theory is, and by the way, prosecutors are reportedly deciding this week whether charges will be filed against the nine and 11-year-old sisters.

My theory is and I`m going to forensic psychologist Cheryl Arutt on this one, they`re kids. They`ve been hearing about this in the news. Their imaginations are running wild. When I was nine and 11, I was sailing down across current down the county which was my whole life. I was on a barge which was my father`s shirt box. They don`t know the difference between fiction and reality. They`re nine and 11, Cheryl.

CHERYL ARUTT, FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGIST: You know something, Jane, the very first phone call one of my children made when she was almost one was to 911 by mistake. And the police came and they forgave her. She was a little baby.

But I have to tell you Kids, they do play. They have imaginations. They can be doing this because they want to see what will happen. They can be doing it because they want to engage in a dramatic play.

But I think Wendy`s also making a very good point because sometimes kids play act things that mirror something that might be going on in their lives. So whether it`s someone putting them up to it or whether there is something going on in their lives that they are trying to have some sort of a call for help, those things really should be ruled out in order to look at this as kids playing and just making an example that this isn`t the way to play because of what it does for the community.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: All right. Let`s go to the phone lines and see what our viewers are saying about this.

Angela, North Carolina, your question or thought, Angela?

ANGELA, CALLER, NORTH CAROLINA: Hi. My question is, where were the parents at? Because I mean, this is pretty serious situation. Can they get in trouble for what they did?

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, yes, apparently the mother was home. But these kids had cell phones. I`ll be the first to admit, when I was a kid, actually like a twin, I did prank calls. They weren`t about anything serious. They were like fake surveys and things like that. But kids do this kind of stuff.

John Lieberman, HLN contributor, investigative journalist, here`s my thought. This could be an investigative tool for police. Because let`s say hypothetically speaking one key character knows, and I don`t want to be correct about this, but hypothetically if the child were deceased and somebody were aware of that and police go to them, which they did go to certain people and say, hey, we got a call from Isabel, wouldn`t the reaction of those individuals be very telling?

JOHN LIEBERMAN, HLN CONTRIBUTOR: Well, absolutely. And, Jane, I think that is the point here. We`re missing the point. The point is, number one, I believe an 11-year-old knows right from wrong.

But second of all, the point is, can you imagine the false hope that this might give anybody who loves Isabel Celis? The false hope that she is alive, that is really what this is about. This is about false hope for anybody who loves this little girl and who now they might believe that this little girl is definitively alive based on these 911 calls.

And to your point, absolutely this is an investigative tool. If they have somebody they`re keeping an eye on, this is the first thing they`re going to go to that person and say, look, we got a call from Isabel. Tell us about that.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes. And on the other side of the break we`re going to hear about the latest, latest developments with the family of Isabel. What`s going on there? Stay right there.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

SERGIO CELIS, ISABEL CELIS` FATHER: We`re looking for you, Isa. We love you. We miss you so much. And we will never give up. We will never give up looking for you.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: That was Isabel`s dad who went before the cameras and cried begging for his child to come home. But he was much less emotional in his first 911 call immediately after Isabel disappeared. And even seemed to laugh when talking to police. Listen.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE DISPATCHER: Is mom there also?

SERGIO CELIS: She just left for work. I just called her and told her to get her butt home.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: After his daughter, Isabel, went missing, dad Sergio Celis who is a volunteer a group with child protective services to stay away from his two sons, one is 14 and ten, we must stress he`s not considered a suspect. We still don`t know why, however, he was asked to stay away from his boys. However, we`ve got new information on that from our producer, Selin Darkaistanian. What do you know, Celine?

SELIN DARKAISTANIAN, HLN PRODUCER: Jane, I just got off the phone with the two neighbors that live down the street from Isabel`s family and are friends and their kids played with Isabel`s older brothers. And they said that remember when this first happened child protective services stepped in and said the dad can have no contact with the two brothers. And in fact, he wasn`t even living with them. He was staying at another location.

But they say things are back to normal. They are living at the house. They are walking down the street. You know, he`s been seen walking down the street with his kids, to the grandparents` house. And it seems like he`s able to have contact with the two sons now. They showed a united front. They showed up to the prayer vigil. You know, the family is definitely united and the dad is living back at the house at Isabel`s house now. And he is allowed to have contact with his two older sons. But they said it seems like everything`s back to normal. It`s really quiet aside from a few Isabel posters in and around the streets.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Let`s listen again to a little bit of these fake 911 calls where the two young sisters ages nine and 11 pretend to be Isabel. It`s a prank.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE DISPATCHER: 911, what is the emergency? Hello?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE CHILD: Hello?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE DISPATCHER: This is 911. How may I help you?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE CHILD: He`s coming.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE DISPATCHER: Who`s coming?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE CHILD: Coming. Help me.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE DISPATCHER: 911, what is the emergency?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE CHILD: It`s Isabel.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE DISPATCHER: 911, what is the emergency?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE CHILD: Isabel.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Imagine the dispatcher who stayed calm but knowing this case obviously and hearing that how terrifying. Cheryl Arutt, forensic psychologist. That had to be to the 911 operator.

ARUTT: Absolutely. This really must have stirred up all kinds of hope that maybe they could actually find her alive. And I know that this is devastating for everybody in that community that`s been really hoping to find her. And I know that an 11-year-old can tell the difference between right and wrong, but I don`t know that they were sophisticated enough to fully comprehend the impact and ripple effect of pulling this prank.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Let`s go out to the phone lines.

Sandra, Missouri, your question or thought, Sandra?

SANDRA, CALLER, MISSOURI: Yes. My question is, OK, when I was 11 years old -- I`m just going to bring you back keep it real fast for you, when I was 11 years old me and my cousin stayed at home. My aunt and family went out to a party. It was me. So, I got on the phone decide to do prank calls calling the police station, the fire truck, telling them there was a fire that other stuff that was going on when it really never happened. So when they finally came to my aunt`s house, my aunt had to go to court. They were getting ready to lock her up, pay all kinds of fines - -

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Sandra, you`re make ago great point. And I want to get last word, Wendy Murphy, should the parents of these sisters be punished?

MURPHY: No. Look, unless there`s a lot more to the story, I don`t think the parents should be punished and I don`t think these girls can or should or will be punished. I do think cops want to know, if kids are pulling a prank and they just call and go, there`s a monster in my house, click, they don`t call and do something as serious as pretending to be Isabel. That`s why I`m very disturbed by this. That`s why I think there might be a connection to the case. But these kids do not deserved to be punished.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, they`ve got to keep investigating. Still no leads as to where little Isabel is.
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« Reply #185 on: August 27, 2012, 10:38:59 PM »

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http://www.kvoa.com/news/isabel-celis-7th-birthday-is-monday/#!prettyPhoto/0/

Isabel Celis' 7th birthday is Monday
Posted: Aug 26, 2012 9:09 PM by Sam Salzwedel
Updated: Aug 26, 2012 10:51 PM

TUCSON - Missing girl Isabel Celis' 7th birthday is Monday.

The family is celebrating by going to a special church service.
 
"What better way to celebrate her birthday than by thanking God that he gave her to us," Isabel's mother, Becky Celis said, "and at the end, hopefully getting her back."
 
Isabel has been missing more than 4 months.
 
"There are the really rough days," Isabel's father, Sergio Celis said, "incredible sadness, incredible frustration still, but lots of hope."
 
The couple says the stress has brought them closer and they will be ready when Isabel comes home.
 
"We're as strong as we have been, and I think stronger," Becky Celis said. "We've gone through this."
 
They are back home and working their jobs again.
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They say they have not heard from police lately.
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« Reply #186 on: August 27, 2012, 10:47:10 PM »

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Latest on Isabel Celis investigation
Posted: Aug 27, 2012 12:36 PM CDT Updated: Aug 27, 2012 8:22 PM CDT

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -
As the family of Isabel Celis celebrates her 7th birthday today, the Tucson Police Department continues to investigate the disappearance of the little girl who was last seen in April.
 
Chief Roberto Villasenor with the Tucson Police Department says he has two detectives assigned to the case full-time who are following up on leads daily. There have been 2,038 leads to date.
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Chief Villasenor said the case isn't anywhere close to going cold.
 
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« Reply #187 on: August 28, 2012, 01:50:11 PM »

What a shame that Isabel's parents care so little for her.  Sadly, that seems to a common thread in many cases lately.
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« Reply #188 on: August 28, 2012, 02:10:28 PM »

What a shame that Isabel's parents care so little for her.  Sadly, that seems to a common thread in many cases lately.

 
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« Reply #189 on: August 28, 2012, 08:38:08 PM »

What a shame that Isabel's parents care so little for her.  Sadly, that seems to a common thread in many cases lately.

I wondered if that was only my impression.  They seem less than upset about her disappearance in that interview.
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http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1208/31/ijvm.01.html

New Heartache for Family of Isabel Celis
Aired August 31, 2012

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


 ISHA SESAY, HLN ANCHOR Jim Moret is in for Jane Velez-Mitchell tonight. And that show starts right now.

JIM MORET, HOST: A painful anniversary comes and goes as the parents of missing Isabel Celis have to remember her birthday without here. I`m Jim Moret from "Inside Edition" in for my friend, Jane Velez-Mitchell. Isabel`s parents speak out. We`ll hear from Isabel`s two brothers for the very first time, next.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)
 
MORET (voice-over): Tonight, four months after the disappearance of their little girl, the Celis family quietly celebrates Isabel`s seventh birthday with a church service.

The young girl mysteriously vanished when her father reported her missing from her bedroom in the early morning hours. Police have pored over thousands of clues, searching for answers. We`ll have the very latest on the search for this beautiful little girl.

Then bizarre twists and turns as Drew Peterson`s defense team rests their case. The former cop on trial for allegedly murdering his third wife did not take the stand in his own defense. But his son did, saying he never believed his father killed his mother.

With such gripping testimony, you won`t believe who else the defense team called to the stand and why the prosecution reportedly called it a gift from God.

And new developments in the California slaughterhouse story. Jane brought you that story here last week. The company behind the scandal vows to improve their treatment of animals so they can re-open for business, but are they taking the necessary steps? We`re investigating.

SERGIO CELIS, FATHER OF MISSING GIRL: We love you. And we miss you so much.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Isabel was last seen in this home by her parents.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They have been interviewed extensively.

S. CELIS: We are cooperating to the fullest extent.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We`re labeling it as suspicious circumstances and a possible abduction.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: New details about what may have happened that Saturday morning.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I remember briefly waking up and hearing male voices outside my bedroom window.

BECKY CELIS, MOTHER OF MISSING GIRL: We are here today to play -- to plea.

S. CELIS: And we will never give up. We will never give up looking for you.

(END VIDEOTAPE)
 
MORET: Tonight, a family desperate to find their little girl after four long months of unanswered questions. And making matters even worse, little Isabel Celis turned 7 this week. Now her family wonders if she will ever come back to them.

We`re going to hear from Isabel`s two brothers for the very first time.
 
You remember that Isabel was just 6 when she vanished from her Tucson, Arizona, home last May. Her dad reported her missing on the morning of April 21 after her mom had left for work as a nurse. Here`s the 911 call.
 
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

B. CELIS (via phone): I went to work this morning at 7. And I just - - I didn`t even come and check on her. I should have come and checked on her.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: All right. Just take a deep breath, OK? Does she have any medical conditions?

B. CELIS: No. She has nothing.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I`m sorry. She has what?

B. CELIS: She has nothing. There`s no medical condition. She`s healthy. No allergies, no medical condition.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: OK.

B. CELIS: She`s got brown hair.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Did you hear anything at all?

B. CELIS: No. I didn`t hear anything at all.

(END VIDEO CLIP)
 
MORET: Police say the bedroom window of Isabel`s room was open, with the screen removed. Blood was found in her bedroom. Sex offenders in the neighborhood and Isabel`s family were questioned, but after four months, still no sign of Isabel. And now the family is having to celebrate Isabel`s 7th birthday without her. You can hear in their voices just how difficult that that has been.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
 
S. CELIS: Happy birthday, Isabel. We love you so much. We love you so much. And we miss you so much. And we want you home so much.

B. CELIS: Happy birthday, baby girl. I love you so much. And I can`t wait to have you in my arms.

(END VIDEO CLIP)
 
MORET: Questions everyone`s asking, what is it going to take to find Isabel? How does a little girl simply vanish from her own bedroom? It`s mind boggling.

Straight out now to Tucson reporter Kevin Keen with KGUN. Kevin, what are the latest developments in this search?

KEVIN KEEN, REPORTER, KGUN (via phone): Well, last night we heard from Tucson police, and we checked in during her -- Isabel`s seventh birthday to see where this case stands. It`s been 131 days since she was reported missing.

Tucson police tell us that this investigation is still very much active, still ongoing. There are dedicated multiple detectives still dedicated to this case and working on no other case. But still at this time there are no suspects. And no one has been ruled out according to Tucson police.

MORET: Now, we`ve never heard from Isabel`s two older brothers until now. I want our audience to hear, because they`re talking about their missing sister. This is from affiliate KOLD. Let`s play that tape.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
 
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Every night when we do the rosary I just pray to God to please help us find her.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I always pray that I will even see her in my sleep and always dream about her, just to have a blessing of even seeing her in my sleep.

(END VIDEO CLIP)
 
MORET: We found out a couple of weeks ago that Sergio Celis, who was barred from seeing his sons, can now see them again. And you see them standing together. Kevin, whatever came of that?

KEEN: I`m sorry. Could you repeat the question one more time?

MORET: Whatever came of the fact that the father was originally not allowed to see the sons, but now they`re all together again? Has whatever issues were present then been dealt with? Is he being questioned further? Are there suspicions about the father in any way?

KEEN: Yes. Very early on in the investigation what surprised a lot of people and didn`t surprise some people is that he entered a voluntary agreement, agreeing not to come into contact with Isabel`s two older brothers. And so they were separated, and we would never see them together, and we hadn`t heard from the children.

It was maybe about a month ago that we had heard of the family being out and about all together: father, mother and two siblings together. That`s something that we asked them about a couple of weeks ago. And they would not comment on that. But apparently, that voluntary agreement no longer exists, and they`re able to all be together. And that`s a very difficult thing to confirm from authorities, because they`re not allowed to -- this is Child Protective Services doesn`t comment on cases like that.

MORET: Kevin, are you getting a sense from investigators the level of frustration that they`re feeling over this case?

KEEN: That`s something that, of course, we asked about every single day. There were daily press conferences, and then they went to a lot less than that. They wanted to solve this quickly. They knew that the importance of getting the information out right away, getting all the tips that they needed. And they just weren`t able to do that. But they are still on that trail, they tell us.

MORET: That`s Kevin Keen, reporter, KGUN, talking to us live. Thank you for your time.

And on set we`re joined now by Steve Moore, former FBI agent, and John Manuelian, criminal defense attorney. Thanks to both of you.

Steve, as a former FBI agent, when you`re -- when you`re involved in a search -- and I know you`ve been involved in searches such as this before.

STEVE MOORE, FORMER FBI AGENT: Right.

MORET: Time is of the essence.

MOORE: Yes.

MORET: And we heard 131 days. And I`m thinking as a parent every day, every hour is torture. What do you do as an investigator this far out? And are your fears greater now than they would have been if -- you know, a month out?

MOORE: I think candidly, unfortunately, your fears are greater. But your fears are now that you might not solve the case or you might not be able to convict the person you think is responsible for it. The fears about the child, I think, have gone by the wayside. The chances of her being recovered go down every day.

MORET: We have seen cases where...

MOORE: Absolutely.

MORET: Well all`s been lost and suddenly you find the child, sometimes months later, sometimes years later.

MOORE: Absolutely. Elizabeth Smart`s case. But those are the exception. And I think that`s where we`re going here. The police are trying everything they can. This separation, this voluntary separation agreement, this to me smacks of an attempt to put pressure on Sergio for whatever reason. I`m not going to try to read their minds.

MORET: Sure.

MOORE: But it leads me to believe that maybe they had some things they needed from him. At the same time they had to know at the beginning it was non-sustainable. Obviously, they are no longer in that agreement. And that`s got to be a setback for them, because now they no longer have that over him.

MORET: John, looking at this as a defense attorney, criminal defense attorney, what stands out to you? We heard mention of this separation agreement. That seemed strange right from the beginning. What do you see in this case?

JOHN MANUELIAN, CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Well, what`s strange to me in this case is not specifically the separation agreement. I find problematic is the blood in the house. Remember, Elizabeth Smart there was no blood found.

MORET: Right.
 
MOORE: Separation agreement could mean something. But again, what`s going to be key to finding this girl are the forensics, the physical evidence, what ties the girl to her being missing.

MANUELIAN: And, Steve, if there`s blood in the house, that would suggest a struggle, which would indicates perhaps she did not know the kidnapper.

MOORE: Could be. Blood in the house doesn`t always indicate a struggle. Or it could be a lot of things that I would really rather not discuss. But a lot of things could happen to a -- to a compliant victim that would result in their blood being in the house.

MORET: And, John, do you think that at this point is the father not officially a suspect, given the fact that he`s allowed to see his other children?

MANUELIAN: I think he`s not a suspect. But, again, we have to wait and see what the father knows, what he says, whether his statements are consistent to, you know, where he was at the time, what he was doing at the time and things like that. I`m sure that authorities have already polygraphed him. If not, they probably will at some point.

MORET: OK. We have to take a break. We`ll be back with more of our coverage right after this. Stay with us. I`m Jim Moret filling in for Jane.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)
 
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
 
B. CELIS: It`s tough, because we`re already under a lot of stress because we don`t have use of it here. So to have more thrown on us -- but we`re strong. And we`re -- we`ll be OK. We`ll survive it. We just want her back.

(END VIDEO CLIP)
 
MORET: I`m Jim Moret from "Inside Edition," filling in today for Jane. We`re covering the case of 7-year-old Isabel Celis, missing for 131 days. Now, her birthday just makes this situation even worse.

Take Kyron Horman, for instance. He was 7 when he vanished from his Portland classroom. He will have his tenth birthday in just a couple of weeks.

Let`s go out now to Jon Lieberman, HLN contributor.

Jon, I`ve covered the Kyron Horman case, for example. These kinds of cases are very difficult. You keep your hope alive. But as we`ve heard from Steve Moore, former FBI agent, you know, it`s difficult. The more time that passes, the more problems develop with the case, the colder the leads get.

JON LIEBERMAN, HLN CONTRIBUTOR: Yes, well, Jim, we both covered that case. And miracles do happen.

And I want to underscore, Jim, this is anything but a cold case at this point. And in fact, I`ve seen cases where cops have a lot less to work with then they actually do here in this case. They do have some physical evidence from inside the house, some physical evidence from inside the family car. They have statements from all of the family members. And so police actually do have something to work with here.

Now, obviously, the more the hours go by and the days turn into months, you know, the chances that this poor little girl is going to come home alive obviously decrease. But miracles do happen. And I know for a fact that these cops have two full-time detectives on this case. And they continue to get in leads, as well, that they`re actively following up on.

MORET: In her 911 call, Isabel`s mom clearly in hysterics when police asked if she searched her daughter`s bedroom. Listen to this.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
 
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You looked everywhere, under the bed...

B. CELIS: Yes, I looked everywhere. I even looked (UNINTELLIGIBLE). The window`s out of our house. Somebody took the window out of our house.
 
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: OK.
 
B. CELIS: Please hurry, please and get here.
 
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We`re almost there, ma`am, OK?

B. CELIS: (UNINTELLIGIBLE)
 
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Where is your husband and your kids?

B. CELIS: They`re outside waiting for the cops.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: OK.

B. CELIS: Oh, my God.
 
(END VIDEO CLIP)
 
MORET: The police later found key evidence in Isabel`s bedroom. The 550-page report that was released by authorities say there were views of apparent blood on the floor. At this point it doesn`t appear we know whose blood that was.

But, Jon Lieberman, when you talk about this being far from a cold case, that`s clearly important evidence. And you want to match it up. You almost have to assume, given the fact that the father`s able to see the young boys again, that it was not his blood. I know that`s a leap, but it is an assumption I`m making here at this point.

LIEBERMAN: Well, but another way to look at it, too, is police, by not coming out and saying they have cleared this family, cleared these parents in this case, you know, they`re also saying as much by saying they`re not clearing them as if they came out and said that they were suspects or persons of interest.

So one thing, Jim, is that police are holding back some important information, as well, that wasn`t released in those documents so that they can use that information to either contradict or corroborate what some of the -- of the witness statements have been. Presumably the parents and the others who might know, you know, what happened to this little girl.

MORET: Steve Moore, former FBI agent, Jon makes a great point. He says we haven`t heard the officials clear the family. So we know blood was found. That`s an interesting point, though.

MOORE: It`s a very interesting point. Quite often you learn more about what`s not been done and what`s not been said by -- than what you learn by what has been said.

The fact that they haven`t cleared the parents officially is troublesome to me, because that would seem to be the first thing you`d want to do in your investigation. At least if I was doing a kidnapping, I`d want to get the parents out of the way to get their lives back at least that much.

MORET: John Manuelian, criminal defense attorney, are you troubled -- if you represented this family would you be troubled they haven`t been cleared at this point?

MANUELIAN: No. Because I believe the investigation is ongoing. There`s probably a lot of unanswered answers. There`s physical evidence that they need to corroborate and statements they need to corroborate. And it`s not going to be very fast; it doesn`t trouble me at this point.

BLITZER: And we`re going to cover more on this on the other side of the break. Stay with us. Don`t go anywhere.
 
(COMMERCIAL BREAK)
 
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
 
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And you`re both natural parents of the child?

S. CELIS: Yes.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: OK. So no stepparents? Any problems with any grandparents?

S. CELIS: No.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You`re not having any family issues? Anything like that?

S. CELIS: No.

(END VIDEO CLIP)
 
MORET: Covering this case, two young sisters got into a whole lot of trouble when they called 911 pretending to be Isabel Celis.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
 
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Nine-one-one, what is the emergency?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It`s Isabel.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: None-one-one, what is your emergency?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Isabel.

(END VIDEO CLIP)
 
MORET: That was clearly a prank. Could these prank calls by these two sisters, ages 9 and 11, actually be a good investigative tool? Say, hypothetically, a key individual in the case knew the child was deceased. When cops tell that person, "We just got a phone call from Isabel," would that person`s reaction be revealing?

Jon Lieberman, what have we heard, if anything, about these two sisters? They`re obviously young. You know, we`ve heard about kids doing stupid things before. Is it that or something more?

LIEBERMAN: Yes, unfortunately for this investigation, Jim, it appears that this is just two kids prank calling, frankly, on a Sunday morning, a series of three calls. These 9- -- this 9- and 11-year-old girls.

And unfortunately, at this point it doesn`t look like there`s anything of any investigative value here. This was just poor judgment and perhaps lax oversight by the parents, as well. But it doesn`t look like -- A, it doesn`t look like the two are going to be charged. And, B, it doesn`t look like it`s going to come up with anything firm for the investigation.

MORET: John Manuelian, criminal defense attorney, you get information like this, and you think, well, maybe it`s something -- it`s probably just two kids doing something stupid. Does it muddy up the investigation?

MANUELIAN: Sure. Actually, I disagree. I think it could be a crime if it`s obstructing or delaying an investigation in any way. That could be a misdemeanor charge or a smaller charge.

MORET: Does it -- does it hurt the investigative process?

MANUELIAN: It could, because it takes away the resources of the police department, and it goes on a different lead. So it could absolutely delay an investigation, criminal investigation.

MORET: Steve Moore, as a former FBI agent, what does something like this do to an investigation? You clearly do take resources away.

MOORE: Yes.

MORET: And it`s a detour that could take you a day, a week or longer.

MOORE: R.J. said it right. It can take time away. And every minute is valuable. If that takes eight hours to run down, then it`s going to take more than that of detective time. It`s like calling in a fake fire alarm and then somebody across town dying of a heart attack because the fire engine was not in the station. It could be crucially bad or it can have very little effect.

MORET: And at some point as an investigator do you pull back resources and say, "Look, we`re not getting anywhere. We have to delay this." It`s not a cold case, but it`s not as active as it was earlier on?

MOORE: That`s -- that`s when your boss -- your bosses do that to you. You never want to pull back. You never want to stop. This is -- I guarantee you these detectives are living this and don`t want to give up one minute of their time towards and don`t want it to be back-burnered.

MORET: Well, this won`t be a back burner for us. We will continue to follow the case of Isabel Celis and be back with more on JANE VELEZ- MITCHELL right after this. Stay with us.
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JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL

New Developments in Isabel Celis Mystery

Aired September 18, 2012 - 19:00   ET

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL starts right now.

JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL, HOST: Tonight, new information in the mysterious disappearance of 6-year-old Isabel Celis, who vanished from her bedroom five months ago. An extraordinary new video has posted on her Facebook Page. We`re going to talk to somebody who helped make that movie and to a reporter in Tucson who has been covering the case from the start. And I`ve got hundreds of pages of police documents we`re going to analyze. Is this precious child still alive?

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

VELEZ-MITCHELL (voice-over): Tonight, a slew of new developments in the disappearance of little Isabel Celis. The Tucson girl mysteriously vanished from her bedroom five months ago without a trace. Now, her parents mark Isabel`s seventh birthday without her as a movie about the little girl goes viral.

Plus, hundreds of pages of police documents reveal a boot print outside the home, a mystery liquid and much more. We`re taking your calls.
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SERGIO CELIS, ISABEL`S FATHER: We love you. And we miss you so much.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Isabel was last seen in this home by her parents.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They have been interviewed extensively.

S. CELIS: We are cooperating to the fullest extent.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We`re labeling it as suspicious circumstances and possible abduction.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: New details about what may have happened that Saturday morning.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I remember briefly waking up and hearing male voices outside my bedroom window.

BECKY CELIS, ISABEL`S MOTHER: We are here today to play -- to plea.

S. CELIS: And we will never give up. We will never give up looking for you.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Tonight, a never-before-seen glimpse inside the home of missing Isabel Celis.

Good evening. I`m Jane Velez-Mitchell coming to you live. This adorable 6-year-old vanished five long months ago. She disappeared without a trace from her Tucson, Arizona, bedroom all while the family was, well, they say sleeping inside. Her mom, her father and two brothers.

Police say the case is nowhere near being cold. Is it possible they`re getting closer to finding out what happened to Isabel?

Here`s the photo her family put on their Facebook Page called "Find Isa." The family wrote hope continues inside their home as they paint Isabel`s room just as she wanted, pink and purple polka dots.

And we found this incredible YouTube video from the same Facebook Page. Check it out.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Please, dear Lord, bring Isabel home. Amen.

(MUSIC)

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: In a moment, an exclusive interview with the family friend who made that movie.

Isabel Celis was reported missing five months ago. Here`s how it all went down.

Isabel`s dad said the family came home late on April 20 after a baseball game. And he says he fell asleep in the living room after putting Isa to bed in a room close by. But he says he woke up and moved to his own bed at 5 a.m.

Isabel`s mom left for work at 7 a.m. But she says she did not check on Isa.

That same morning, April 21, Dad says he discovered Isabel missing. Here is the first 911 call.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

S. CELIS: I need to report a missing child. I believe she was abducted from my house.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And how old?

S. CELIS: Six years old.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Is it your daughter?

S. CELIS: Yes.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Why do you think she was abducted?

S. CELIS: I have no idea. We woke up this morning, I went to go get her for her baseball game and she`s gone. I...

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Right away dad Sergio Celis tells police he believes his little girl`s been abducted.

What do you think happened to Isabel? Call me: 1-877-JVM-SAYS, 1-877- 586-7297.

Straight out to investigative reporter, HLN contributor Jon Lieberman. Jon, I am holding hundreds of police documents in my hand. Tucson Police Department supplemental narrative, et cetera, you have studied these hundreds of pages. What are the bombshells you found?

JON LIEBERMAN, HLN CONTRIBUTOR: Yes. In these almost 600 pages of documents, Jane, what stuck out to me as the bombshells are the potential physical evidence, the pieces of evidence that police found at the scene in and around Isabel`s home.

Let me go through a few of them with you. No. 1, footprints in the alley south of the home. Very important. Shoe impressions on the top of an electrical box directly behind the family home. What appears to be blood on the floor of little Isabel`s bedroom.

And then from inside a car that was parked right outside of the home, a white hat and a vinyl shower curtain with dark red/brown or brown stains. Obviously, police believe this is blood. And also a positive Luminol reason on the driver`s seat -- the front seat -- the front driver`s seat of the car. Obviously, Luminol identifies traces of blood.

So it`s these pieces of physical evidence that are extremely important in this investigation. And we know that this was all sent to the lab for DNA workups on all of this.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes, but this happened several months ago. We have to know, for example, the blood, what was the result of that test? Is it Isabel`s blood found in her bedroom? Or is it somebody else`s? We`re not getting any information.

Now here`s something we do know. One neighbor recalled hearing her dogs bark like crazy in the early morning hours on the day that Isabel vanished. Were they alerting to some kind of disturbance? Listen to this.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Well, at 6:30 in the morning on Saturday I woke up. My dogs were going crazy. Their dogs were going nuts. And I remember briefly waking up and hearing male voices outside my bedroom window. But it was light outside. I didn`t really think anything of it.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: I want to go to Kevin Keen, a reporter with KGUN out of Tucson, Arizona. You`ve been covering this from the very start. I understand that there have been more than 2,000 leads that police are pursuing. But what do we know? Have they confirmed anything for us?

KEVIN KEEN, REPORTER, KGUN: Well, as in the first early days of this investigation it`s been difficult to get a lot of detail about what investigators have, the information that they have and how they are pursuing it, who they`ve talked to.

But we do know that this day, I just checked today, that there are still two detectives full-time working on this case and no other case. And if new leads come in, they`re not afraid to bring on more detectives. So they are actively investigating.

And also the FBI is still a partner in this case. They came in early on to share some expertise. And I know that they`re still in contact with Tucson Police Department as they continue to investigate this missing person, this abduction.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: What was it about the screen, if I remember?

KEEN: Can you say that one more time?

VELEZ-MITCHELL: The screen on the window. What was it about the screen on the window of the little girl`s bedroom?

KEEN: That from an early on we had many questions about and didn`t get many answers about. Those documents that you may have some indication of the interest there that I don`t have too many specific details about that.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: I`m going to get back to that in a little bit. Because the missing screen, if in fact there was a missing screen, would immediately point to the possibility of a stranger abduction, which we have seen. So that`s key. We`re going to get to that.

Now, in her 911 call, Isabel`s mother was hysterical when police asked if she searched her daughter`s bedroom. Listen to this. This is Becky.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You looked everywhere? Under the bed?

B. CELIS: Yes, I looked everywhere. The windows out of our house. Somebody took the window out of our house.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We`re almost there, ma`am, OK? Where is your husband and your kids?

B. CELIS: They`re outside waiting for the cops.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: OK.

B. CELIS: Oh, my God.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: OK. So that kind of answered the question, took the window out of our house. Obviously, there was some tampering or removal of part of a window or the screen that led the family to say immediately it was an abduction.

I want to go out to Octavio Corrales, we want to play some of your amazing video you`ve made along with your friends, the Flight Team. Friends and family of Isabel. People in the neighborhood who care.

You work, I understand, with Becky, the missing child`s mother. You hear her hysterical on that 911 call. I understand she`s a nurse. Is she back at work? And how is she faring, Octavio?

OCTAVIO CORRALES, FAMILY FRIEND (via phone): She is back at work. And under the conditions and circumstances, I think she`s doing very well. You know, she has a lot of people, co-workers around her that love her and support her, so we give her that support.

And, you know, she shares her stories of Isabel with us on a daily basis. And, you know, her remodeling the room. And she asked us, you know, what we think. And, you know, which allows us to help her decorate it herself. She`s doing very well.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Does she have any theories about what happened to her daughter?

CORRALES: We really -- we really don`t discuss any of that. We just have -- all have the hope that she`s going to come home safely soon. So we just keep a positive note on that. And we really don`t discuss with her anything that has to do with how it could have happened, who could have done it. We don`t -- we don`t bring that up with her.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: And she doesn`t bring it up either?

CORRALES: No. No, she doesn`t.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Staying pretty mum on that. All right, Octavio. Excellent video. Hang in there. We`re going to take a very brief break.

On the other side we`re going to analyze with a team of investigators. And we`ve got more new information. Stay right there.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

(MUSIC)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (singing): We got to get Isabel home safe why are we waiting? We ain`t got no time to waste tell me where do we go from here.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: A truly extraordinary new video by the Flight Team that is designed to raise funds to continue the investigation into finding missing Isabel Celis as she`s been missing for several months. And this is really just hitting big time now. In fact, if you go to HLNTV.com/Jane, you`re going to be able to buy it. It goes on iTunes on Monday. So this is -- this is new.

Octavio, you were involved in this video. Was it the frustration of the fact that the case really wasn`t getting there month after month after month that inspired you to say, hey, let`s do something. I mean, I see hundreds of people involved in this.

ORRALES: Well, the project really came together a few days after I heard that Isabel went missing. It was just something that I felt needed to be done. And my part of the community in helping bring her home. The song came about with some friends of mine. And we wanted to bring more awareness. And we wanted to put -- I basically wanted to put a soul to just to the face on a poster. I didn`t just want to be a missing person, a missing child.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Octavio?

CORRALES: Yes.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Can I jump in? How did Becky react? And because people are wondering why aren`t the parents talking? I mean, just the other day -- we`ll get to this -- we did a story on a missing girl and she was found, thank God. I would be talking until I was blue in the face, anybody who would listen. People are wondering why don`t they speak up? Why don`t they do interviews?

CORRALES: They are doing interviews. And Becky and her family are out. And they do a lot of events around town. They do anything that`s happening with the community. They`re there at the booth. She`s vocal. She`s speaking to the public. She`s out doing, you know, what she can to help find Isabel.

And part of this song -- this whole point of this song is just getting it out there and keeping the message out there to keep looking and keep searching for her. But Becky is very active in speaking about Isabel.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: All right. Well, Octavio, I want to thank you for an extraordinary video and for getting involved. This is what people should do, is get involved when you have a family in crisis, when you have a missing child. My hat`s off to you and the entire Flight Team. And keep us posted.

Now, let`s listen to the dad, the father, Sergio, as he made that initial 911 call. Remember, he has just discovered his little girl is missing. Listen to this.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Is Mom there also?

S. CELIS: She had just left for work. I just called her and I told her to get her butt home. (LAUGHTER)

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Now, listen to him four days later as he publicly pleads for his daughter`s return.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

S. CELIS: Tell us your demands. Tell us what you want. We will do anything for her. We are looking -- we are looking for you, Isa. We love you. And we miss you so much.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Mark Eiglarsh, criminal defense attorney, former prosecutor. You`ve been listening as we`ve gotten all this information. What do you make of the status and the state of this investigation?

MARK EIGLARSH, CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY: All right. Well, let`s start with the dad. Look I`ve been relieved of the burden of judgment. So I don`t want to point the finger at him.

But you couple the call that he made plus 911, and I don`t know, Jane. I once had my bike stolen. And I had the same affect when I called in to the police. I mean, his daughter was taken. I would sound a bit more like the mother.

Now, again, I`m not a psychology major. I don`t know about certain cultures, certain people. Maybe there`s something to do with that, and that`s why he`s not screaming and he`s not crazy.

But I`ll tell you this: most law enforcement would keep their eye on him, because statistically, usually, it`s not somebody from the outside. Usually, there`s somebody on the inside involved. I`m not saying he did anything.

From the documents I read, Jane, there`s absolutely nothing in my opinion that advances where this child is and who might be responsible for her disappearance.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Jon Lieberman, you want to get in there?

LIEBERMAN: Well, to Mark`s point, what I want to say, what`s even more important is that the police have not ruled out the dad. And this is extremely important. Generally, very early on in an investigation, police will publicly say, "We have ruled out the parents." And they have not done that in this case. And I think Mark will tell you that is extremely significant.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, on the other side of the break we are going to -- go ahead, Mark.

EIGLARSH: Well, it just means -- again, he could be completely innocent. I`m a defense lawyer. I know that they could just be keeping it open, because you just never know. But certainly, somebody believes that there`s reason to keep that conclusion still there.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, I just want to say that nobody has been named a person of interest or a suspect in this case. And there`s more information we have on the dad. And so we`re going to -- he`s a dental -- I understand he`s a dental technician and he also sings opera. We`re going to get to more of that on the other side.

And Lisa, Ontario, hang in there. We`re going to get to you on the other side. Stay right there.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

B. CELIS: It`s tough, because we`re already under a lot of stress, because we don`t have Isa here. So to have more thrown on us, but we`re strong. And we`re -- we`ll be OK. We`ll survive it. We just want her back.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: It`s been five long months. There is the mother of this beautiful missing child who turned seven just a few days ago. Where is Isabel Celis, who vanished inside her bedroom five months ago?

Let`s go out to the phone lines. Lisa, Ontario, thank you for your patience. Your question or thought, Lisa?

CALLER: Well, hello there, Jane.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Hi.

CALLER: Like I usually say, thank you for helping the victims and their family and these terrible crimes.

My two points I have to make, or comments are, No. 1, when the father called 911 or the police division in the area, how come his voice is not in distress? No. 1.

And No. 2, I remember one call that you led us here months ago, at one point he was laughing during the call. That`s my other point, please.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, you make an important point that there was -- I think when he said he told his wife, who was working at the hospital, to get her butt home. And he kind of chuckled. And a lot of people, I think we just played that, actually, jumped at that and said, "Oh, my gosh, would you have that reaction?"

Now, Levi Page, crime blogger extraordinaire of "The Levi Page Show," at one point the police chief said, quote, "A voluntary agreement had been reached between Child Protective Services and the parents to restrict access, voluntarily, for Sergio, the dad, to get some space and distance away from the two older children, those two boys."

That has since ended. They`re together. These two go hither and yon together. What are your thoughts, given that police have not named any suspects?

LEVI PAGE, CRIME BLOGGER: I think it`s very strange, Jane. And I think that that tells us that there`s some deep secrets in this family.

We know for a fact that Child Protective Services was at the home and investigating this family before Isabel vanished in December. So I think that this family has some secrets that we don`t know about. And I think it would be interesting to know what exactly those are. That might be why the family`s remaining quiet, because they have something to hide.

And also, Jane, regarding the window that you were talking about, according to the father, he told the police that one of his sons went outside and found the window -- the screen of the window laying on the ground outside. So that clears that up.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes. And I don`t have any independent confirmation that Department of Children and Families visited this home prior to the disappearance of Isabel. You`re telling us that. But I cannot independently confirm that.

And I would like to go to some more callers, because they`re lining up all over the place. And a lot of people are wondering, well.

But I have to tell you, you can never really judge somebody by their reaction, because people go into shock. And they also go into denial. And quite often, that denial makes them behave in a certain way that they wouldn`t otherwise.

So it seems sort of obvious like, oh, he`s not hysterical like the mother is. Therefore, he might have something to do with it. But men often react that way psychologically. OK.

More on the other side.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It`s a parent`s worst nightmare.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They were in tears while they were praying. They looked very, very sad.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Six-year-old Isabel Mercedes Celis was gone, missing.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She was checked on this morning at about 8 a.m. when her father went in to wake her up so that they could start their day. Found that she was not in her room at that point.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The window was pushed open.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We have bloodhounds that are checking the area, as well, to pick up any scent of the girl.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Isabel`s parents were questioned all night long. We asked the police chief if they`d been ruled out as suspects in the disappearance.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The family has been cooperating with us. They`re currently with detectives at this point. But we`re not ruling out anything in this investigation.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: That`s just not a possibility. If you knew this family, these two have -- they`ve been married -- they`ve been together since they were teenagers. There`s no separating...

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Where is little Isabel Celis? She`s been missing for five long months. And now a new video has just been created in order to fund an investigation into her disappearance. Check it out. It`s extraordinary.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Please, dear Lord, bring Isabel home.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (singing): Sitting outside with a flashlight I keep having flashbacks of last night. The whole neighborhood searching for this young girl. We`re all waiting for the truth as it uncurls. I see the media broken heart families, see them come together for a tragedy. And see it gives me hope to see that people care.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: And the family of the missing girl has just released a photo -- this photo of them painting Isabel`s room -- polka dots.

Criminal defense attorney Mark Eiglarsh, we have almost 600 pages here, Tucson Police Department supplemental narrative et cetera, there`s all sorts of things. You see there was some spilled fluid, there were fresh shoe prints, there was a rug, there`s apparent bloodstains in Isabel`s bedroom. Police seized a vinyl shower curtain, a white hat.

I mean, the list goes on and on. But how do we get a cohesive picture from those puzzle pieces because a lot of it could be meaningless? I could go outside wherever we are and find a rug just in the alley back there and some liquid. It would mean nothing.

MARK EIGLARSH, CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Not to minimize anybody`s hope, but that pretty much was my response going through every single page. And I started with optimism. I go, great, I`ll spend the time going through a hundred or so documents and I`m filled with enthusiasm to find out, ok, where might she be, what clues do they have?

And Jane, every single item that was removed, every piece of evidence to me was innocuous. As a defense lawyer, as a human being -- anyone with common sense I was going, "Oh, really, they found a rug in an alleyway? There`s footprints outside of a house?" None of that to me suggests that there was any true leads and any suspects waiting to be caught and any indication of where this girl might be unfortunately.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: All right. Let`s go out to the phone lines. Christina, British Columbia, your question or thought, Christina.

CHRISTINA, BRITISH COLUMBIA (via telephone): Hi. Thank you for taking my call.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Sure.

CHRISTINA: I`m also suspicious of the father. There`s video camera. And I know people react differently in times of trauma. But he just sounds very phony also when he`s asking for help and we`ll never give up looking for you.

My question is, I have never heard if anybody confirmed him coming home the night before with the little girl? I understand the mother did not check on her daughter before work in the morning. But who was there the night before when they came home late?

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, here`s my understanding. They have two older boys. I think one is a teen and we don`t know exactly the age of the other, but they`re older than Isabel. And they`ve gone to a baseball game of one of the boys I think. And then they came home and the mother braided the daughter`s hair, got her ready for bed, put her to bed. She went to bed.

Dad was supposedly watching a baseball game on television. May have DVR`d it and fell asleep, he says. He fell asleep around 10:30 after the daughter was put to bed in a room right on the other side of the wall. Then he says he wakes up at 5:00 in the morning -- so from 10:30, he wakes up 5:00 in the morning and he goes back to his own bed. Then the mother wakes up at 7:00, goes to work and then after that she doesn`t check because she`s going to work as a nurse. She`s leaving early in the morning. Then after that the dad wakes up and says he notices his daughter is missing.

Now, when Isabel`s father called 911, the operator grilled him; are there any issues going on in the family? Listen to this

(BEGIN AUDIO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And you`re both natural parents of the child?

FATHER OF ISABEL CELIS: Yes.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: So no stepparents? Any problems with any grandparent?

FATHER OF ISABEL CELIS: No.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She`s not having any family issues, anything like that?

FATHER OF ISABEL CELIS: No.

(END AUDIO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Now, I want to go to my producer Selin Darkalstanian; she`s at our Los Angeles bureau. We sent her to Tucson twice. So she is very well-acquainted with this story.

What`s with the family today? Because we know at one point Department of Children and Families said to the dad "Do not have contact with the sons". But that`s changed. Tell us about that.

SELIN DARKALSTANIAN, HLN PRODUCEWR: Right. Originally when she first went missing the dad was told by Child Protective Services to stay away. He was living in a separate residence away from the mom and the two sons, Isabel`s brothers. But today, they`re all living back at the house together; life is somewhat back to normal. They walked down the street to their grandparents` house, remember.

All the neighbors I talked to today say that they walk up and down the street as a family to the grandma`s, they come back. They go to work. But one of the neighbors did tell me that ever since this incident occurred they keep to themselves. They don`t really socialize with the other neighbors. They don`t really talk to everyone else anymore; they kind of keep to themselves. And they just go and come and the neighbors kind of stay away from them and that`s just the way it is.

So whatever happened, the dad is allowed to be back with the Celis family now. So something happened that he`s allowed to be back in that family.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Jon Leiberman, this is where there`s a disconnect -- their friend, Octavio, who put together this fabulous video along with some other friends, the Flight Team, he says she`s out there all the time. She`s willing to talk to anybody. We`ve been trying to get her to come on this show. And we would love to have her on.

Now we`re hearing they kind of keep to themselves, but they`re together. They`re together. The husband and the wife, the parents of this girl, are together.

JON LEIBERMAN, HLN CONTRIBUTOR: Look, you hit the nail on the head. And this is why police are not releasing more of what they have. Because I`m telling you they are using what they have to either contradict or corroborate the family`s statements. They are looking hard at this family -- make no mistake about that, Jane.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, I got to tell you, there was another bizarre twist to all this. Two young sisters, we`re talking young kids in this very area, got into a whole lot of hot water recently because they called 911 three different times pretending to be the missing Isabel. More than 25 officers responded to the calls. Listen to this.

(BEGIN AUDIO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: 911, what is the emergency?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It`s Isabel.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: 911, what is your emergency?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Isabel.

(END AUDIO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Now, not only did this upset the family of the missing child tremendously, but remember police have spent huge amounts, I think well over a million dollars on this investigation, and they had to spend more because of these pranks.

Levi Page, that is absolutely extraordinary. And I don`t know if the parents ended up being fined, but what a horrible twist.

LEVI PAGE, CRIME BLOGGER: Well, I do know that those two that were involved in that were sent to a juvenile detention center. They were released. So they are facing consequences for what they did. And they deserve to because this is a very high profile case. This is a missing child who could have possibly been abducted, possibly killed. Foul play could be involved here.

You don`t play around with these types of investigations and make prank phone calls like that. And it`s sad that they did that and wasted resources of the community, of the police officers. They want to find out who took her or who killed her.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, thank you fantastic panel. We are staying on top of this.

And, Becky or Sergio, we would love to have either or all of you -- both of you on, or family members. We want to keep your daughter`s face out there so we can solve this terrible mystery.
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« Reply #192 on: September 25, 2012, 01:18:11 PM »

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Celis family says faith keeps them going
Posted: Sep 24, 2012 8:39 PM
Updated: Sep 24, 2012 11:35 PM

TUCSON - Five months since she disappeared from her family's eastside home, there is still no sign of Isabel Celis.
 
The manhunt for the then 6-year-old has scaled back but a team of investigators is devoted to her case full time.
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Tucson police tell News 4 there is nothing they can share with the public at this time.
 
But Isa's family continues to ask for the public's help with information and prayers.
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« Reply #193 on: October 18, 2012, 12:19:56 PM »

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http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1210/17/ijvm.01.html
JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL

Parents Hold out Hope of Finding Isabel Celis

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« Reply #194 on: October 23, 2012, 02:20:42 PM »

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http://nbclatino.com/2012/10/22/tucson-missing-girls-parents-frustrated-with-lack-of-leads-after-six-months/

Tucson missing girl’s parents frustrated with lack of leads after six months
5:41 pm on 10/22/2012
 
It has been six months since Isabel Celis disappeared from her east side home. Her seventh birthday has come and gone and still no sign of her.
 
Her parents told investigators they last saw her before she went to bed on Friday, April 20th and reported her missing the next morning. A massive search ensued, one that made national headlines.
 
Tucson police reported receiving more than 1,000 tips but all came up empty.
 
As the months have gone by Rebecca and Sergio Celis continue to struggle with not knowing what happened to their daughter.
 
At this point they admit they have grown very frustrated with the investigation, one that has even cast suspicion over Sergio Celis. “I can’t understand at the six month point how they have absolutely nothing, to have nothing, and if it was me, why wouldn’t they have me gone already, I’m not afraid to say that”, Celis said, “Even Becky (Rebecca Celis) says it to everyone, c’mon, when are we going to move on this, digging in the same hole. Can we get out there, because she is not here, in the first three days of the investigation of staying here, she’s not here, she hasn’t been here since the moment she has been gone from this house.”
 
Rebecca Celis says they now have very little contact with the police and their frustration is reaching the breaking point, “Its very frustrating”, she said, “it’s hard to not know where the investigation is.”
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« Reply #195 on: October 30, 2012, 11:08:27 PM »

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Missing Tucson girl's mother: I feel like she's in California
Posted on October 30, 2012 at 6:28 PM
Updated today at 6:40 PM

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So much so, the family is now working with a private investigator in California.
 
The PI has a background in law enforcement and was recommended to Sergio's sister.
 
"I can't say that they're following up on different leads, but maybe different angles that the police were not investigating," Sergio said.
 
The family has spoken to the PI once or twice they said via conference calls.
 
"I feel like she's somewhere north or in California somewhere out there," Becky said.
 
The parents believe Isabel is in California because of a strong tip that came in. They don’t believe she is in Arizona.
 
Sergio said any new information is given directly to the Tucson Police Department, who he said he is frustrated with.
 
"The fact that communication has been what is has been for two to three months, which is non-existent," Sergio said.
 
The upset father also accused detectives of not following up on a lead for several weeks.
 
"That is, that is I want to say unacceptable. How could that be?" questioned Sergio.
 
Via email a spokesperson addressed that question to 3TV:
 
"With respect to the information you received from the Celis family, I am not sure what tip they are specifically referring to. However, I can assure you that each and every tip received is thoroughly investigated. In addition, some tips cause investigators to go back and conduct additional review of previous tips that were received. The detectives and analysts that continue the investigative efforts are meticulous in their examination of every tip received. Nothing is ever "ignored." Detectives are always available to the Celis family. I am not sure who they were specifically trying to get in touch with or when," said Sgt. Maria Hawke.
 
Sgt. Chris Widmer said during an on-camera interview that two detectives are still working on this case, and at times they are used for other cases, too.
 
3TV asked to speak with the chief of police for an update and we're told he wasn’t available because there aren't any new updates.
 
More than 2,000 leads have come in, but Widmer said the incoming tips are slowing down.
 
Widmer could not answer questions specific to details of the investigation.
 
"We release what we can to the public without interfering with the investigation," Widmer said. "There may be details that we're holding, but there's a purpose for it."
 
We're told sex offenders in Isabel's neighborhood have been interviewed once, twice up to four times if needed
 
No one has been ruled out as suspects, not even Isabel’s relatives or parents.
 
The Celises said they aren't planning on moving or changing their phone number, hoping to hear Isabel's voice soon.
 
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« Reply #196 on: October 30, 2012, 11:30:06 PM »

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http://nbclatino.com/2012/10/22/tucson-missing-girls-parents-frustrated-with-lack-of-leads-after-six-months/

Tucson missing girl’s parents frustrated with lack of leads after six months
5:41 pm on 10/22/2012
 
It has been six months since Isabel Celis disappeared from her east side home. Her seventh birthday has come and gone and still no sign of her.
 
Her parents told investigators they last saw her before she went to bed on Friday, April 20th and reported her missing the next morning. A massive search ensued, one that made national headlines.
 
Tucson police reported receiving more than 1,000 tips but all came up empty.
 
As the months have gone by Rebecca and Sergio Celis continue to struggle with not knowing what happened to their daughter.
 
At this point they admit they have grown very frustrated with the investigation, one that has even cast suspicion over Sergio Celis. “I can’t understand at the six month point how they have absolutely nothing, to have nothing, and if it was me, why wouldn’t they have me gone already, I’m not afraid to say that”, Celis said, “Even Becky (Rebecca Celis) says it to everyone, c’mon, when are we going to move on this, digging in the same hole. Can we get out there, because she is not here, in the first three days of the investigation of staying here, she’s not here, she hasn’t been here since the moment she has been gone from this house.”
 
Rebecca Celis says they now have very little contact with the police and their frustration is reaching the breaking point, “Its very frustrating”, she said, “it’s hard to not know where the investigation is.” ::snipping2::


As opposed to "it's hard not knowing where our daughter is"??!   
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« Reply #197 on: November 02, 2012, 10:23:04 AM »

Halloween was a heartache for missing girl Isabel Celis family (VIDEO)

3:19 pm on 11/01/2012

TUCSON – It’s been six months since Isabel Celis disappeared.

As families across the nation celebrate Halloween, her family still holds out hope that the 7-year-old will come home.

Frustrated with the police investigation, the Celis family has now hired private investigators.

http://nbclatino.com/2012/11/01/halloween-was-a-heartache-for-missing-girl-isabel-celis-family/
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http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1212/03/ijvm.01.html
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What Happened to Isabel Celis?; Duchess Catherine Pregnant

Aired December 3, 2012 - 19:00   ET



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« Reply #199 on: December 04, 2012, 07:36:10 PM »

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http://nbclatino.com/2012/10/22/tucson-missing-girls-parents-frustrated-with-lack-of-leads-after-six-months/

Tucson missing girl’s parents frustrated with lack of leads after six months
5:41 pm on 10/22/2012
 
It has been six months since Isabel Celis disappeared from her east side home. Her seventh birthday has come and gone and still no sign of her.
 
Her parents told investigators they last saw her before she went to bed on Friday, April 20th and reported her missing the next morning. A massive search ensued, one that made national headlines.
 
Tucson police reported receiving more than 1,000 tips but all came up empty.
 
As the months have gone by Rebecca and Sergio Celis continue to struggle with not knowing what happened to their daughter.
 
At this point they admit they have grown very frustrated with the investigation, one that has even cast suspicion over Sergio Celis. “I can’t understand at the six month point how they have absolutely nothing, to have nothing, and if it was me, why wouldn’t they have me gone already, I’m not afraid to say that”, Celis said, “Even Becky (Rebecca Celis) says it to everyone, c’mon, when are we going to move on this, digging in the same hole. Can we get out there, because she is not here, in the first three days of the investigation of staying here, she’s not here, she hasn’t been here since the moment she has been gone from this house.”
 
Rebecca Celis says they now have very little contact with the police and their frustration is reaching the breaking point, “Its very frustrating”, she said, “it’s hard to not know where the investigation is.” ::snipping2::


As opposed to "it's hard not knowing where our daughter is"??!   
BBM     What a thing to say considering the circumstances!
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