Father of missing Tucson girl separated from sons, 911 calls released

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

TUCSON, Ariz. -- More than three weeks after she was reported missing, Tucson police have released the 911 calls made by Isabel Celis' family members on the morning she vanished from her bedroom.

In one, Isabel's father Sergio was calm and matter-of-fact. In the second, her mother broke down.

"I want to report a missing person, my little girl, she's six years old, I believe she was abducted from our house," Sergio tells the operator.

When she asked why he believed Isabel was abducted, Sergio says "I have no idea, we woke up this morning, I went to get her up for her baseball game and she's gone, I woke up my sons, we looked everywhere from the house and my oldest son noticed that her window was wide open and the screen was laying in the backyard."

Sergio remained composed for the duration of the seven-minute call, and told the operator he heard nothing strange the night before his daughter went missing.

"I even was in the living room, watching the Diamondbacks game at midnight, I fell asleep, I never heard anything weird, and I was just on the other side of the wall from her," Sergio said.

When the 911 operator asked where Isabel's mother was, Sergio said: "She had just left for work, I just called her and I told her to get her butt home." He then chuckles.

The other 911 call released was initiated by a neighbor, who handed the phone to Isabel's older brother, Sergio Jr.

"Hey, I need you guys to come down, my sister's gone, someone broke in and grabbed her, hurry!" he said.

Moments later, Isabel's mother Rebecca returned home and got on the call.

"She's only six, can you please hurry? Get someone over here!" Rebecca said

She told the operator her husband discovered Isabel missing.

"I went to work this morning at seven, and I didn't even come in to check on her. I should have come in and checked on her," she said, crying.

Rebecca told the operator Isabel had been wearing shorts and a tank top with an American Flag. She said her daughter's hair was in braids that Rebecca had put in the night before.

"Other than the window out, I can't see anything else, and the door's locked, so they had to have jumped over the fence, I don't know what they did," she told the operator.

On Monday Tuscon police said Child Protective Services has stepped up their involvement in the case and placed Isabel's older brothers in their mother's custody. Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor said Sergio voluntarily agreed  to stay away from the boys.

Villaseñor would not say why CPS ordered the separation, only that new information uncovered by detectives led CPS to make the move. He said it does not mean that Sergio is a suspect in Isabel's disappearance.

Villaseñor also said that while the parents are cooperating with the investigation, the relationship between police and Isabel's parents is growing "somewhat more strained."

Isabel was last seen the night of April 20 when her parents reportedly tucked her in to bed in her Tucson home.