Cleveland rescue stirs new hope for local families of missing children

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Cleveland rescue stirs new hope for local families of missing children

By Marcelino Benito. CREATED May 7, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - It's the call every family agonizing over a missing child wakes up every morning hoping they'll hear. Tammy Tacho has waited nearly 8,000 mornings.

"When I heard that 911 call in Cleveland, I felt like it was Jimmy there and Jimmy reaching out to us," said Tacho.

The last time anyone saw Tacho's brother Jimmy, it was 1991. He was just 12 years old. And he was just walking home when he just vanished.

"Until someone is found you go back to that day they were taken away," said Tacho. "And you live it like a nightmare, it's a reality, it happened."

Jimmy Hendrickson is one of 9 missing children in Southern Arizona, most recently Isabel Celis. But thanks to cries of joy in Cleveland, families of missing children here once again believe.

"Stories like this bring more hope and don't let us lose hope," said Rebecca Celis, Isabel's mom.

For Tacho, the wait for her brother's return has been even longer. But if it happened in Cleveland, she asks, "why can't it happen here?"

"Seeing those girls held over a decade, we can't stop believing, we can't stop, we can't forget," said Tacho.

Tammy tells us her brother will turn 34 years old next week. She's asking anyone who may know anything about what happened to her brother to call police.

For more information on missing children in our area, click here.