Message from family of missing Tucson girl

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by Crystal Cruz & AP

azfamily.com

Posted on April 23, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 15 at 4:20 PM

TUCSON, Ariz -- "We will never give up," that is the message Monday night from the family of a missing Tucson girl.

Tucson police are searching for a 6-year-old girl who went missing from her home on the city's east side.

Isabel Mercedes Celis was last seen late Friday and discovered to be missing at about 8 a.m. Saturday. That's when an opened window was discovered and the screen was removed.

Sgt. Maria Hawke says police are searching the area around East Broadway Boulevard and Craycroft Road using street patrols, canines, detectives and a helicopter.

She's described as just under 4-feet-tall and weighing 44 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.

The family sent a short, emotionally-packed written statement saying they are very thankful for all of he help from the community and authorities.

"We are cooperating fully with the authorities and are focused only her safe return," read the statement from the Celis family.

Investigators were still searching the family's home on Monday night. Not even Isabel's parents are allowed inside.

"I am unable to give you specific details about exactly what the detectives are doing there only to say that they are conducting a very thorough and methodical search of the property," said Sgt. Matt Ronstadt, Tucson Police Department.

The FBI's cadaver dog got a hit on Isabel's house. "We're not talking about what the dogs found other than the fact that the dogs were out there. The dogs did alert on some issues that obviously causes us to want to investigate and look into that ," said Tucson Police Chief, Roberto Villasenor.

On Monday evening police searched the trunk of a red car on the side of Isabel's home.

3TV also learned 17 sex offenders live in the area. "We have made it a point to contact every identified sex offender in the a three mile radius," said Chief Villasenor.

In addition to that, officers are also searching a landfill near the missing child's home. The trash from the house was picked up on Saturday morning.

Celis Family Statement::

"We appreciate everyone's interest in finding our daughter, Isabel and thank all the volunteers who have come out to search for her.

We are cooperating fully with authorities and are focused only on her safe return.

We appreciate all your energy and efforts and continue to need the community's help.

Please call the TPD [Tucson Police Depatment] if you have any information.

We love Isabel and will never give up finding her.

Thank you for all your support."

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