Isabel Celis Search: Police continue investigation in the neighborhood

Isabel Celis Search: Police continue investigation in the neighborhood

CREATED Apr 25, 2012

Reporter: Valerie Cavazos

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The neighborhood near the Celis home remains ground zero. Police chief Roberto Villasenor said TPD investigators and FBI agents are now working in pairs  -- reviewing all the data on leads and neighborhood canvasses -- including info coming in from neighborhood questionnaires.  Those questionaires contain nearly 30 questions -- including --
    -- What activity did you see or hear at or near the victim's home?
    -- What delivery people come to the neighborhood?
    -- And have any neighbors been arrested?
The answers could lead police back to the neighborhood -- a neighborhood that's still on edge.

TPD and federal agents continue to revisit the neighborhood -- going door to door to talk to neighbors -- investigating anything new or missed.

Sharing an alley with the Celis family -- Bryan Parks, a father of two young children, said police have visited his home a few times. And they also visited Svetlana Arakeylova's home a number of times -- checking her backyard. She is still getting over the initial shock.

But these repeated visits and media briefings have some neighbors on edge -- reminding them how close this case hits home. KGUN9's Valerie Cavazos asked Parks what would be a question he would want to ask the police right now. He replied, "Just more information on how to stay safe. How to keep your kids safe -- family safe."

KGUN9 posed that question to police chief Roberto Villasenor. "It's the same advice I would give to anyone. I surely understand they feel the stress of that a little bit more than others and that's understandable, but we wouldn't give different advice to anyone else."

And that general cautionary advice is to always keep a close eye on what they're kids are doing and sit down and talk to them about potential dangers. Not an easy task for a parent who's neighborhood is surrounded by police and a child who's trying to make sense of it all. "He understands. He asked 'What do you think happened to her?'  And 'where could she be?'  You know 'Hopefully they find her.'"

Chief Villaseñor said there are still a few homes they haven't checked. "Some of the homes that are vacant or in foreclosure mode. We've instructed our officers they can go look into the backyard. What we're looking for are signs of forced entry," said Villasenor.   If there are signs of forced entry, then investigators have been instructed to get a search warrant to investigate.