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The family of a 6-year-old girl who disappeared from her bedroom was being kept away from their home in Tucson after an FBI dog search early Monday turned up information that required a follow-up, investigators said.
Police asked the family of missing 6-year-old Isabel Mercedes Celis to leave their Tucson home on Monday after search dogs found clues that could shed new light on the little girl's disappearance.
Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villasenor didn't say what the FBI canine unit found during the overnight search, only that the evidence required "more followup," ABC News reported.
In the meantime, the first-grader's parents, Sergio and Becky Celis, and two brothers were asked to leave the home until further notice, and the house was being treated like a crime scene.
'The dogs did alert on a few things'
The mother was home during the night - the mother had gone to work in the morning and the father was left to find the little girl missing.
That (the missing screen) would be a potential point of entry but there are other circumstances that keep us from saying that is the definitive point of entry.
TUCSON -- Authorities expanded their search Monday for missing 6-year-old Isabel Mercedes Celis, with crews searching a landfill some 6 miles from the Celis family home.
Police also contacted all 17 registered sex offenders who live within a 3-mile radius of the home, officials said.
Lt. Fabian Pacheco of the Tucson Police Department declined to elaborate about the search at Los Reales Landfill, other than to describe the work as "just part of our investigative efforts."
Police evacuated the Celis family from their home today following the dog search, which involved one cadaver dog and one scent-following dog, Villasenor said. They are treating the house as a crime scene.
Police have not ruled out the parents of the missing child as suspects.
"We are investigating all of the parties involved," he said today.
Investigators also continued to search a nearby landfill today where garbage was taken after being picked up at the Celis's home on Saturday, Villasenor said. Having police turn to a landfill for evidence of the girl was a grim turn in the investigation.
"We don't have an actual piece of evidence that points us in one direction or another, so, for example we don't have a piece of evidence that says she was definitively taken from the residence," police spokeswoman Sgt. Maria Hawke said. "We don't have any specific piece of evidence that tells us she left the residence on her own."
Celis' family told ABC News on Sunday that they have no doubt she was kidnapped by a stranger.
After Isa’s Mother Becky Celis left for work as a pediatric nurse at Tuscon Medical Center her Father told police he went to wake her at about 8am and she was not in her bed. The blinds in her room were askew and her window was open.
The screen to her window had been removed. Sergio Celis’s call t0 911 has not been released.
Becky and Sergio Celis, Isabel’s parents have not spoken publicly about their daughter’s disappearance.
The search for a missing 6-year-old Arizona girl who authorities say may have been snatched from her bedroom in Tucson entered its third day on Monday as search dogs shifted investigators' attention back to the child's home.
Two specially trained dogs brought in by the FBI arrived on the scene late on Sunday, he told a news conference on Monday morning, and "the dogs did alert on a few things ... but what exactly that is we're trying to determine."
"We have information obtained from the dogs that necessitate our follow-up investigation," the chief said. "In order to do that, we secured the residence, we've asked the family to leave the residence, so we don't have to talk about any other contamination of the scene. And we will conduct that follow-up investigation."
- The family had dogs. They bark like crazy. No way anyone could get near that house the dogs didn't know. (NEW INFO.)!
Police are scaling back search efforts for a 6-year-old girl who was last seen Friday night when she was getting ready for bed in her Tucson home.
Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villasenor said Tuesday that law enforcement officials expect to wrap up their intensive search for any sign of Isabel Mercedes Celis by Wednesday morning.
Villasenor said the drop in personnel doesn't mean authorities have given up hope of finding Isabel alive.
He said police will be shifting from searching to an investigative phase, since investigators have re-visited sites they believe could be relevant.
About 50 officers finished searching a city landfill, but Villasenor would not disclose if any leads were found. Authorities had said the landfill search was conducted because trash had been taken out Saturday before police could secure the home.
Investigators have kept Isabel's family away from the home as they search for clues to her disappearance from her bedroom.
On Monday, FBI dogs – one that can find human remains and the other used for search and rescue – went through the home and turned up information that required a follow-up, but police declined to say what that was.
Police have continued to look for Celis this week by searching homes in the neighborhood, digging through a nearby landfill, and searching waterways and drainage systems in Tucson today. Investigators have also obtained surveillance video footage, including that from a camera pointed at the Celis house from only 75 yards away, that might yield clues from Friday night or early Saturday morning, police have said.