Parents of Isabel Celis give interview two weeks after she disappeared


by Mike Watkiss & Associated Press

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Posted on May 5, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 15 at 4:13 PM

TUCSON, Ariz. -- In an emotional and sometimes defensive interview, the parents of missing 6-year-old Isabel Celis spent nearly one hour answering questions from reporters on Friday.

"The first week, honestly, all I wanted to do was just hide and cry," said Becky Celis. "I didn't want to be in front of you guys [the media] and maybe that's where we were supposed to be, but I couldn't."

Sergio and Becky Celis said they are private people thrust into a harsh and glaring spotlight that they did not seek

It's a real-life nightmare that began two weeks ago when the couple's daughter vanished from the family's Tucson's home.

"I don't know what they're expecting from us. If you know how we're supposed to be acting please let us know because right now our heart is breaking all the time. I don't want to be in front of the camera. We don't want to be right here," explained Becky.

The Celis' were wearing "Bring Isa Home" t-shirts as they sat down with reporters in Tucson to thank the community for its support and to address the intense scrutiny that they have come under in recent days.

"Obviously you know that we're cooperating the utmost we can with the investigation. That's been our intention all along and that's what we continue to do," said Sergio Celis.

"We don't have anything to hide so go for it. Say what you want to say but in the end we are confident we had nothing to do with it," said Becky.

Tucson police say Sergio and Becky Celis have been given lie detector tests. They took the polygraph test within the first few days of the investigation. Police said the test results are being withheld and they are part of an investigative tool used by detectives.

The couple said that they understand the scrutiny placed on them as Tucson police try to find their daughter who has been missing for two weeks.

"People will accuse as much as they want. Go for it. We're strong enough to take it and there's nothing you'll find on us," said Becky.

The Celis' have family in Arizona and Mexico, but said they're all close. They said they have no enemies and haven't heard any demands for ransom.

The Celis' told reporters that they have received messages of support and prayers from around the world, and that they will never give up on the search for their daughter

They said that if the child is listening they have a message for her: "We always tell you 'how much do we love you?' And you always say 'too much' so just remember that we always will love you too much and just come home," cried Becky.

The parents said they last saw Isabel in her bedroom the night of April 20 and discovered her missing the next morning. Police said a window was found open with the screen pushed aside.