Video was uploaded on YouTube shortly after Isabel M. Celis vanished.
Full Name: Isabel Mercedes Celis
Missing City/State: Tuscon, AZ
Age at Disappearance: 6 Current Age: 7
Race: White/HispanicGender: Female
Height: 3’8″ Weight: 44 pounds
Hair: Strait, Light Brown (she was last seen with her hair braided into two long braids)
Clothing: Isabel was last seen wearing a blue tank-top, dark (navy) blue basketball shorts.
Other: She is also missing two front teeth. She has had her ears pierced prior to her disappearance.
Isabel was last seen at her Tuscon, Arizona home on the night of April 20, 2012. Her mother had put her to bed at approximately 11PM and then went to bed herself. She woke up early the following morning, got ready for work and left at 6:30AM. She didn’t check on Isabel so had not realized she was missing until shortly after 8AM when she was alerted by her husband (Isabel’s father), Sergio Celis, who had went to wake up the children and noticed Isabel wasn’t in bed.
A search in and around the house yielded no sign of the little girl but Mr. Celis did notice a screen from one of the windows was compromised, the blinds had been shoved aside.
By this point the police were called and a local search was immediate. Authorities asked the family questions and then asked neighbors if they’ve seen the missing child but it’s as if she had vanished.
Many local searches were conducted, posters were created and social media was booming with information on Isabel’s disappearance. Thousands of dollars were spent on her investigation and over $60,000 was raised on a reward for information. But despite the local and National attention and the reward fund, her case remains unsolved.
It didn’t take long before theories started arising among the community and among reporters and journalists.
Candle light vigils were done locally family, friends and community took part in it, holding onto hope that the missing girl would be found safe. One vigil held on the evening of July 27, 2012 was attended by family including Sergio Celis, despite a previous voluntary agreement with Child Protective Services in Arizona that he could not be around his family and sons.
KVOA, a local Tuscon news cast, made an attempt to asked the Celis family about this but they refused to comment. KVOA then attempted to contact CPS but were not given a response.
There has been a good amount of suspicion around the father and family, including Isabel’s mother, had and still has defended him threw all the media assumptions, calling him “a great father”.
Earlier that same week, on July 22, 2012, two young children had called law enforcement pretending to be Isabel Celis. The call was immediately suspicious however, despite for clues the police investigated. $5,000 later they had found proof that the call was a hoax. The callers were two little girls, sisters, who were at home with their mother and used a cell phone to contact police. It’s unclear (and unlikely) that the children’s family had any charges filed against them and the incident was dropped by police.
However, Jane Velez Mitchell, host on HLN and other media sources questioned whether these little girls knew something. Maybe overheard or had some type of link to the case. It’s odd how children would call pretending to be a 6-year-old missing child. Maybe an adult figure tricked or threatened them into doing it or its possible that they were acting out something they knew about or were afraid of.
Velez-Mitchell acknowledged that as a child she made prank calls. So have many others. Heck, I even called 911 at age 4 pr 5 (it was the only number I had known by heart), but quickly hung up. That didn’t stop police from showing up at my home however. — The point is, most of us made a prank call as a child, but, tell me, have you ever pretended to be a missing child? Would you have done that as a youngster? I wouldn’t and I don’t know anyone who would have.
Isabel’s disappearance has gotten a good amount of National attention including being featured on Nancy Grace and America’s Most Wanted. Each with different theories as to what could have happened to the missing girl.
Bring Isa Home is a website created to bring awareness to this case. On the front page it states a $60, 500 reward is being offered for those with information leading to the (safe) recovery of Isabel or the arrest and conviction of those suspected in taking her.
Find Isabel Mercedes Celis is one of the many Facebook pages created to spread around awareness, information and support regarding the case. It’s the Facebook page believed to be run by loved ones.
If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please contact: Tucson Police Department (520) 791-4444 and/or 88-CRIME (520)882-7463 (collect calls accepted)
You can also text the number 274637 and type ”tip259” followed by your message. 911 are urgent for any sightings of the missing child.