TPD seeks possible witnesses in Isabel Celis case

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TPD seeks possible witnesses in Isabel Celis case

CREATED Apr 27, 2012

Reporter: Craig Smith

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Friday marks day seven in the search for Isabel Celis and late Friday TPD said it is looking for five people who may have seen something near the family's home.

Tucson police tell us video surveillance showed them a group of five people who were walking near the Celis family home last Saturday and may have seen or heard something.
The three women and two men were seen walking east by St. Joseph's Catholic Church between one and 1:30 last Saturday morning.  
They may have been leaving the Cactus Moon, or Risky Business.
Police need those people to call 911 as soon as possible.

Up to now the timeline of the case has been from 11pm Friday when Isabel's mother said she put her to bed to when her father reported her missing about eight the following morning.

Police say their interest in the group passing through the neighborhood about 1am, does not mean a narrowing of the timeline in the investigation.

Meanwhile, for the family it was a day to keep faith while for police it was a day to keep looking.

Other members of Isabel Celis family live close to her home. KGUN9 News talked to a family member who wasn't comfortable speaking on camera, but told us they had a family gathering, and a small service with a priest from the family church---something to strengthen their faith as the long search drags on.

KGUN9 News has obtained a floor plan of the family house.  Police are not disclosing the precise location of Isabel's bedroom but based on conversations with a neighbor who tells us she heard suspicious noises early that morning, the bedroom seems to be on the opposite side of the house from the master bedroom.  
Earlier Friday, TPD bicycle officers checked part of Pantano Wash.
Thursday police checked the waters of Lakeside Park; not because of a specific lead but simply because that was part of a thorough neighborhood search.
Now, on a quiet Friday, park visitors are enjoying the water and the peace at the park, but park visitors like Duane Wilson still have a lost little girl in their thoughts.

KGUN9 reporter Craig Smith asked him: "Is it kind of chilling to know that here, a place you've come to enjoy is part of a search like that?

Wilson said, "It is, very much so, yes it is.  As an older man, I don't know what to say.  The world just seems to get worse all the time as far as things like that happening.  I hope it has a very good ending.  I'm a parent myself, long time ago and I can imagine what they're going through right now."