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Isabel Mercedes Celis Timeline: Search For Missing Arizona 6-Year-Old

Posted: 04/25/2012 6:20 pm

Isabel Mercedes Celis
Isabel Mercedes Celis' parents say she went missing sometime during the early morning of April 21.

Police in Arizona are searching for Isabel Mercedes Celis, who went missing from her parents' Tuscon home sometime in the early morning of April 21. Police have not ruled out homicide or kidnapping in the case and say that detectives found a window to the girl's bedroom was open with the screen pushed aside. Authorities and community members are now scouring the area in search of clues to bring the 6-year-old girl home.

Here is a timeline of the events surrounding the Celis disappearance, beginning with what her parents say was the last time they say their daughter:

Friday, April 20, 11:00 p.m. -- Isabel's parents put her to bed.

Saturday, April 21, 7:30 a.m. -- Isabel's mother, a nurse, leaves for work. It remains unclear if Isabel's mother checked on her before leaving the house.

8:00 a.m. -- Isabel's father goes to wake up his daughter and notices that the girl is missing from her bedroom.

8:14 a.m. -- Isabel's father calls the police.

Monday, April 23 -- Investigators deploy two FBI dogs -- one trained to find human remains and one trained for search and rescue -- in a survey of the family's home. They say that one dog may have found evidence that required a follow-up, but would not say what was found.

On this day, Isabel's family also releases a statement thanking the community for its support and efforts in the ongoing search for Isabel. "We love Isabel and will never give up finding her," they say.

Isabel is just under 4-feet-tall, weighs approximately 44 pounds and has brown hair and hazel eyes. Anyone with any information about her disappearance or whereabouts is urged to call 520-88-CRIME.

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Filed by Steven Hoffer  |