April 23rd, 2012
10:16 AM ET

Police track 100-plus leads in case of missing Arizona girl, 6

[Updated 11:25 a.m.] The house from which a 6-year-old Tucson, Arizona, girl went missing Saturday morning was being treated as a crime scene Monday as police said they were checking and re-checking more than 100 leads in the case.

Isabel Mercedes Celis was last seen by family members when she went to bed at 11 p.m. Friday. She was discovered missing when her father went to wake her at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Tucson chief of police Roberto Villasenor said Monday morning that investigators were looking over again many of the leads that have come in.

"You want new eyes looking things over several times," he told reporters in Tucson.

The chief said earlier police were investigating a broken screen in the child’s bedroom as a possible point of entry into the house.

“We have a window that was opened and a screen removed. We’re labeling it as suspicious circumstances and a possible abduction,”  he said Monday morning on CNN.

He said police were hoping to find the girl but acknowledged that the longer she is missing, the more worried authorities become.

"This has been a race against the clock from minute one," he said. "Every hour that goes by is troublesome for us."

Police had not identified any suspects in her disappearance, and the family was cooperating in the investigation, he said.

“We’re still trying to determine where Isabel is. That’s the primary concern and focus, to try and find her and bring her home safely,” he said.

Villasenor said police had done a door-to-door search within a 2.5-mile radius of the girl’s home.

“We’ve searched it at least three times now because of the size of Isabel and the fact that the area has open spaces as well as businesses and residences. It’s very elaborate to search all that area,” he said.

Police had also contacted all registered sex offenders within a three-mile radius, Villasenor said.

But he said there is no single focus to the investigation.

“We want to keep our mind open because we don’t want to miss any leads that may come in or any clues that may be there and that we don’t see them because we’re focused so blindly on something else,” the chief said.

FBI search dogs trained to help in missing persons cases are helping in the search, the chief said Monday morning.

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  1. Hmmmm....

    IIt doesn't add up, how do you not know something went on in your own house? Some noise had to be made, especially if a little is being taken from her bed and possibly out the window? Thats not as gracefully as you'd think, and there were other kids other than the parents in the house, and nobody knew anything??? I'm calling bull.

    April 23, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Nancy Grace


    April 23, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alisha Steinmetz

      I don't know why they are only searching only a few miles away. We had a 18 year old girl Kidnapped in Anchorage Alaska and was found near Palmer Alaska. THAT"S most likely over 30 miles apart... OPEN YOUR SEARCH UP MORE!!!!! PLEASE just do that for the family. DO everything you can.

      April 26, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. wow!!!

    i have a toddler daughter and would be mortified if something like this happened its sad now a days we arent even safe in our own homes i just hope that she is found alive and well my prayers go out to her loved ones and friends.

    April 23, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wolfman


      April 24, 2012 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
    • applesaucy

      @wow!! So, you'd be humiliated if this happened to you? That's strange because I would be upset, I would be inconsolable. I hope they find this little girl and bring her home to her parents. One can only imagine the fear she is feeling/felt when she was taken.

      April 24, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. Tommy

    The usual suspects in cases like this, the parents.

    April 23, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sunshine

    Someone in the home knows what happened.

    April 23, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • lizza

      lets prey for her..

      April 25, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. john

    Lord bring this child back home.

    April 24, 2012 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  7. goldilox2121

    @applesaucy – the person said that they would be mortified. Not humiliated. Big difference.

    April 24, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • ronjon

      @goldilox2121 here is what mortified means: Synonyms:

      abase, abash, affront, annoy, belittle, chagrin, chasten, confound, control, crush, deflate, deny, disappoint, discipline, discomfit, disgrace, displease, get one's comeuppance, harass, humble, humiliate, put to shame, ridicule, shame, subdue, take down a peg, take the wind out, vex, worry

      April 24, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jim

    With regard to the stickers bragging about what sport someone's kid participates in, and at which school, I have always wanted to have one made with crossed bloody hatchets that says 'Fall River HS Hatchet Throwing Team', with the name 'Lizzie' below it...

    April 24, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |

    O God let this baby girl be fund life and healthy, plz touch the heart of the person that took her away from her home to bring her back to her parents safely. plz God i pray thee

    April 24, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  10. Nancy Grace


    April 25, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. Russel

    So about those coordinates....

    April 25, 2012 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  12. nikkixyooj

    I hope they the pert.who did this!:(I think is bull the parent knew somethin or the boys?how about dogs,the dad I am just saying!!not a psyhic but is worth lookin into?he the last one to see baby girl around people fig.it out!nancygrace is right!! Big fan of you nancy!!keep up the good work.hope she gets justice soon before too late.lol:)!

    May 28, 2012 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
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