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Tucson authorities are combing the city today in search of a 6-year-old girl who went missing from her own bedroom overnight Friday. The disappearance of Isabel Mercedes Celis is being termed "suspicious" or "possible abduction" by police, who say that the girl's parents discovered her missing at 8am yesterday. They reported her disappearance 15 minutes later, reports KVOA-TV. Between 75 and 100 rescuers searched in vain all day yesterday, notes the AP.
"We're really surprised or shocked that anything like this could happen to our family," Isabel's uncle, Justin Mastromarino, said. No sign of forced entry was observed in the family home.
Both parents live in the home, so police had no indication a child custody dispute was involved but weren't completely ruling it out.
"Because of the possibility existing that this child could have been abducted, we're treating it as if it's that significant," Hawke said Saturday afternoon. "We don't want to be caught behind the ball by not exploring that possibility."
Isabel is described as just under 4-feet-tall and weighing 44 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.
Police using dogs and a helicopter were still out late Saturday night, police communications operator Patrick Olea said.
Hawke said investigators were looking into all potential scenarios, including the possibility that Isabel got up and wandered out of the home she shares with her parents and two brothers or that she was kidnapped.
During times like this I think it should be legal for police to thoroughly check the neighbors houses and bring in the dogs immediately. More times than not it seems it's a nearby neighbor that abducts these children.
Hate to say it but unfortunately there is a good possibility the parents offed her. What 6 year old sleeps till 8 am? Why did they not wonder why she was not up etc. No signs of forced entry etc. Hope I am wrong...
She is missing her two front teeth.
Lock doors b4 u go to sleep is the most obvious and so is owning a gun. You can literally get an effective alarm at the dollar store to put on each door in the house if u dont want a gun around..
TUCSON- Neighbors and family members were shook up to hear 6 year old Isabel Celis went missing from her neighborhood in the 5700 block of East 12th street.
Isabel's grandfather from her mother's side, Hector Rodriguez, said he's praying for the family to receive good news soon.
It's been an agonizing day for the family as they wait to hear about what happened with their loved one.
Rodriguez was glued to his binoculars trying to see what was going on at the scene.
"Why does this have to happen? It's something I just can't believe. I feel like I'm dreaming. I really do hope I'm dreaming because this is such a horrible thing. We feel so helpless," said Rodriguez.
Neighbors said they couldn't understand how something like this could happen to the Celis family.
A six-year old girl who disappeared from her bed in the middle of the night may have been kidnapped, authorities feared.
Isabel Mercedes Celis was last seen by her parents at 11pm on Friday night. When they returned to her bedroom the next morning at 8am, she was gone.
Between 75 and 100 police officers, FBI agents and U.S. Marshals were searching in Tuscon, Arizona for the girl amid growing fears that she may have been abducted.
It all began early Saturday morning at a home in the 5600 block of East 12th Street, near Broadway Boulevard and Craycroft Road. Tucson police state Isabel Mercedes Celis disappeared from her bedroom, where her family discovered her missing around 8 a.m., and found what they describe as an open, pushed-up window in their daughter's bedroom.
Justin Mastromarino, Isabel's uncle, tells KGUN, "You don't think anything like that will happen to you and you wake up and you're in that scenario. Everything goes through your mind. Anger, confusion. They're very upset right now. Her mother is beside herself. We're just trying let the police do their thing and get as much information as we can."
Family members believe she was kidnapped, although police still consider this a missing child case. If this was a kidnapping, police will not say whether it was random, or if it was targeted. Police do say that the family does not seem to have any domestic conflict issues.