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Tucson police have announced that dogs brought in to examine Isabel Mercedes Celis' home have turned up clues that "necessitate more follow-up investigation." The 6-year-old went missing sometime between Friday evening and early Saturday morning, and her parents are asking for the public's help.
"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."
Police have stated that Isabel's parents, Becky and Sergio Celis, have been extremely helpful and cooperative throughout the investigation. At this point police "are not ruling anything out of the investigation at this point because we really need to keep our minds open about all the information that's been brought to us," police chief Roberto Villasenor told AZCentral.com. "The family has been cooperating with us."
After discovering Isabel missing on Saturday morning, the Celises immediately phoned 911. Police have brought in dogs to help locate the missing girl, but so far they have not found anything. According to the Associated Press, more than 150 law enforcement officers have been part of the search team looking for Isabel.
Sgt. Maria Hawked told AP that there were "suspicious circumstances around a possible entry point" at the home but would not go into further detail. Family and friends have gathered in order to help authorities locate the missing girl and provide comfort to the Celises.
Celis' uncle, Justin Mastromarino, told ABC News that the girl's mother is devastated over the disappearance of her "sweet little girl."
"They're very upset right now, mother is beside herself. We're just trying to let police do their thing and get as much info as possible," said Mastromarino.
"We all feel this is somebody who's been watching Isa for some amount of time to know where her bedroom is," family friend Mary Littlehorn told AP. She worked with Becky Celis for five years and is certain that the parents had nothing to do with their daughter's disappearance.
The family attended church on Sunday and asked for prayers from their congregation.
"We didn't ask for any information. We just let them know if they need help, come see us," Deacon Leon Mazza told AP.