Isabel Celis missing

Cold Case: Missing Isabel Celis five years later

by Alan Duke, Reporter & 'Crime Stories With Nancy Grace' Co-host

Isabel Celis disappeared from her family’s Tuscon, Arizona, home sometime in the early morning hours of April 20, 2012. Despite a massive search and intense police investigation, the child is still missing nearly five years later.

An open screen suggests the six-year-old was snatched from her bedroom through the window, but there were no obvious signs of a struggle. Security camera video recorded by a business down the block does not show Isabel being taken away in the front of the home. A high wall encloses the residence’s backyard.

The father’s remarkably calm call to a 911 dispatcher initially drew attention to him. Investigators have also looked at a man who lived with the family for a while.

Nancy Grace has closely followed Isabel’s case since the beginning. She discusses the latest in the investigation with Alan Duke for this episode of “Crime Stories with Nancy Grace.”

[Feature Photo: Family Handout]

Alan’s journalism career began as a way to pay for his plan to become a lawyer, but he soon realized being a courtroom reporter was a lot more fun than sitting at a defense table. Duke covered many of the nation’s most sensational crime stories over his 26 years at CNN. Duke’s closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat, much of his time was spent talking to cops, coroners and lawyers. His reporting on the investigation that followed Michael Jackson’s death — and two subsequent trials — included many revelations about the singer’s life and death.   Since leaving CNN in 2014, Duke has contributed to the Reelz Channel “Copycat Killers” documentary series. He is a co-founder and editor-in-chief for