Isabella Celis

Isabel Celis: Remains of 6-year-old who went missing 5 years ago found in remote desert area

Police confirmed on Friday that the body of little girl whose been missing for five years was found in a remote desert area in Pima County, Arizona.

KTAR News reports that 6-year-old Isabel Celis, who went missing from her family’s home in Tucson in 2012, was last seen by her family members in her bedroom, where they thought she was sleeping. Her window was later found open and the screen push to the side. A neighbor told police that she heard a male’s voice outside of the home at around 6:30 a.m on the morning the little girl went missing.

It’s still unclear how investigators found the little girl’s remains.

Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus confirmed during a press conference were positively matched to Isabel. He also stated that dealing with a child’s death is a loss for everyone.

“The death of a child is a loss to the family and to our entire community. On behalf of our department, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Isabel’s family.”

Following her disappearance, authorities searched relentlessly for Isabella, but were unable to find her. Detectives on the case said that whoever abducted the little girl knew the layout of the family home.

Crime Online‘s Nancy Grace provided in-depth coverage on Isabella’s disappearance, including talking to neighbors and interviewing law enforcement officials on numerous occasions, to ensure that the child’s name stayed in the media. She recently circled back to the case earlier this year during a special podcast show, along with investigative reporter, Alan Duke (listen below).

The case is still unsolved, and according to Magnus, it’s still active and police are asking for the public’s assistance.

“This is a very important step in the case, so that’s one of the reasons why we’re still asking the public if they have any leads. We believe there may still be folks out there who perhaps know something or feel now that they’re willing to come forward with information.”

Anyone with any information is urged to call 88-CRIME.

[Feature Photo: Family Handout]