Little league teammates attend vigil for missing Tucson girl


by Jared Dillingham

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Posted on April 25, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 15 at 4:14 PM

TUCSON, Ariz. -- There was a vigil on Tuesday night for Isabel Celis, the six-year-old Tucson girl who has been missing since Saturday.

Her little league baseball teammates and friends gathered at Tucson's Freedom Park where they carried purple balloons to a vigil in her honor.

"Keep Isabel safe and sound. Let no harm come to her before she is found," said a speaker who addressed those gathered for the vigil.

Isabel was at the park on Friday night just hours before she disappeared.

"I said 'what do you mean she's missing?' We were just with her. I couldn't believe it. I still can't believe it." said family friend, Jenny Gomez.

Parents who attended the vigil were still in shock and struggling to find answers for their children.

Some of Isabel's young friends and teammates also addressed the crowd.

"It's really fun playing with Isabel on our team. She hits good. She plays good, and I hope she comes home," said one little girl.

Police searched the home, the neighborhood and a landfill on Tuesday.

"There were no significant leads discovered at the landfill today or during that search yesterday," said a spokesman for the Tucson Police Department.

Officers said they have allowed the family to go back home, but the family has chosen not to.

A family friend read a message from Isabel's father at the vigil: "My family would like to be there too, but we just can't at this time. Thank you for your support."

Police said Isabel's parents and two brothers have been cooperating fully with investigators. The FBI has sent in a specialist to help guide the investigation.