Isabel Mercedes Celis

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Top Row and Bottom Three From Left: Isabel, circa 2012;
Bottom Far Right: Age-progression to age 9 (circa 2014)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 20, 2012 from Tucson, Arizona
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: August 27, 2005
  • Age: 6 years old
  • Height and Weight: 3'8, 44 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic female. Light brown hair, hazel eyes. Isabel was missing one top tooth and one bottom tooth at the time of her disappearance. Her nickname is Isa. Her ears are pierced. Isabel's hair was styled in two braids at the time of her disappearance.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A blue tank top and navy blue basketball shorts.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Isabel was last seen at her home in the 5600 block of East 12th Street in Tucson, Arizona at 11:30 p.m. on April 20, 2012. Her mother, Rebecca, got up and went to work the next morning at 6:30 a.m., before anyone in the house was awake. At 8:00 a.m. Isabel's father, Sergio, went to wake her up and discovered she was gone. Her bedroom window was open, the screen had been removed and the blinds were shoved aside. Sergio called 911 and said he thought his daughter had been kidnapped. In subsequent searches, authorities found apparent bloodstains on Isabel's bedroom floor and on a shower curtain.

    The Celis family had involvement with Arizona Child Protective Services (CPS) in December 2011, but it wasn't because of an issue with Isabel. After the CPS investigation, Sergio had agreed to voluntarily stay away from his two sons, Isabel's older brothers. In the month after Isabel's disappearance, the boys were placed in the sole custody of Rebecca. She and Sergio separated, and Sergio was ordered to have no contact with either of his sons. The reason for this hasn't been made public. Investigators stated that they had not ruled anyone out as a suspect in Isabel's disappearance, and hadn't identified any suspects either.

    Isabel was a first-grader at the Academy of Tucson at the time of her disappearance. An extensive search, which spread into Mexico, turned up no indication of her whereabouts. Her case remains unsolved and the circumstances of her disappearance are unclear.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Tucson Police Department


    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Bring Isa Home
    ABC News
    Tucson News Now


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 10, 2015; age-progression added.

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