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Isabel Celis Missing: Key Witness Steps Forward As Tucson Police Expand Search For Arizona Girl

Posted: 04/30/2012 11:33 am Updated: 04/30/2012 8:07 pm

Isabel Celis
Isabel Celis was reported missing from her parents' Tucson home on Saturday, April 21.

A potential key witness in the search for a missing Arizona 6-year-old has come forward as authorities expand their investigation into Mexico.

Tucson police say that one of five individuals captured by surveillance footage near the home of Isabel Celis on the night she disappeared is now communicating with detectives, according to ABC News.

The security tapes, recorded outside a nightclub, show three women and two men walking toward the Celis family home at approximately 1:30 a.m. on April 21. Isabel was last seen around 11 p.m. on April 20.

Police are not saying what the witness has told them.

On Saturday, U.S. marshals asked Mexican authorities to expand the search for Isabel across American borders to include hotels, bus stations and businesses in the town of Sonora, CBS reported.

SEE A TIMELINE OF EVENTS IN THE ISABEL CELIS CASE.

Authorities also conducted a visual search last week around bodies of water in the Tucson area.

Sergio and Rebecca Celis, Isabel's parents, have vowed to "never give up" the search for their daughter. Prior to obtaining the surveillance footage, police said they would scale back the search as leads in the case began to dry up.

"Obviously, I'm disappointed that we haven't found her at this point," Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villasenor said last week. "But that doesn't mean we're giving up hope or that we're not going to continue to use all the resources that we need to try and find her and follow up on these leads."

Isabel was reported missing by her father when he found the girl absent from her bedroom at approximately 8:00 a.m. on April 21.

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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