Day 31: "We continue to explore every possible scenario in this case"

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Day 31: "We continue to explore every possible scenario in this case"

CREATED May 21, 2012

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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - "We continue to explore every possible scenario in this case," said Lt. Fabian Pacheco during the Monday media briefing held by Tucson Police.

Detectives are going back to target specific areas near the Celis family home and hand out new fliers based on information from leads. Police are distributing the flier to people residing in, visiting, or having business in the neighborhoods and other areas in the general vicinity of the Celis family home.

"We haven't quite gone back to interview every single person in those homes," Lt. Pacheco said. "That's our effort. Those are some of our continuing investigative steps."

Police encourage citizens to review the flier and answer any of the questions they may be able to answer as soon as possible. Police are placing them on doors, mailboxes. etc. The flier includes specific investigative questions that detectives are hoping that, if someone may have answers to, they will contact 9-1-1 or 88-CRIME.

The questions on the flier include:

  • Did you observe anything that struck you as unusual or out of the ordinary at anytime prior to the incident or since the incident?
  •  Were there any delivery people or solicitors in your area two weeks prior to this incident or since the incident?
  • Has there been any construction in your area prior to or since the incident?
  • Were there any yard sales, parties or other large gatherings prior to the incident?
  • Did you notice any unusual vehicles or vehicles that you did not recognize in your area prior to the incident?
  • Do you have surveillance cameras in use at your home?
  • Do you know if any of your neighbors have surveillance cameras in use?

Police will be going back to about 30 homes (around 120 people), including neighbors police have not spoken with because they were not home at the time of the first canvass of the neighborhood.


Pacheco stressed the re-canvassing does not mean investigators are back to square one.

"It is an effort to make sure that our investigation is comprehensive, that we haven't missed anything," he told reporters. "We want to be comfortable in that respect. We also want to be more precise in some of the folks that we go out there and talk to."


Detectives have also spoke with over 500 registered sex offenders. They are going back to speak with Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders who have committed crimes against children ages 10 and younger.

"We haven't ruled anything out," said Pacheco.

Police continue to investigate the "stranger danger" angle and are also investigating the extended Celis family.  They continue to stress that nobody has been ruled out as a suspect.

Pacheco said, "you never know when a break in the case will come, or where it will come from."

Authorities have received more than 1,500 leads through 9-1-1, 88-CRIME and TipSoft. Most of the tips have not lead to any significant leads in the case.

Police say this is the final press conference to be held regarding Isabel unless there are significant developments.

Stay with KGUN9 On Your Side and for the latest developments in the search for missing 6-year-old Isabel Mercedes Celis.