Tucson police: Remains of missing 6-year-old found

The remains of Isabel Celis who disappeared from her home in 2012 were located in rural Pima County.                      KGUN 9 On Your Side

Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus said: "Obviously this is not the ending that any of us had hoped for, but this is also not the ending of the case". Portions of the remains were sent to a lab in Virginia that confirmed they belonged to Celis. Her remains were identified through DNA analysis. He did not disclose how long the girl's remains may have been there or what caused her death. He added that the police are still working the case "very aggressively".

Isabel Celis as she appeared in 2012, when at age 6, she vanished.

Celis was last seen April 20, 2012 when she was six years old.

The next morning her father, Sergio Celis, reported her missing when he went to her bedroom to wake her up for a baseball game, but she was gone. Her father reported her missing the next morning after finding she was not in her bedroom.

Her disappearance and massive multi-agency search made national headlines. Celis went missing in 2012. The Washington Post reported that the police conducted "exhaustive searches".

The last time anyone saw her was when she went to bed the night before.

Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus said Friday that police found the remains of Isabel Celis in a rural area of Pima County about a month ago "not by happenstance".

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The statement thanked the community for its support and the refusal to give up hope, but now, it is time for the family to grieve.

Isabel Celis went missing from her bedroom almost five years ago.

The Tucson, Arizona police chief did not mention if they had any suspects and he did not answer questions about what led police to the girl's body.

He said the department followed up on more than 2,200 leads in the case and that they will continue the investigation to locate anyone connected to the girl's death.

No suspect in her death has been arrested and Magnus said officers are still accepting information.

Recently discovered human remains have positively been identified as Isabel Celis, according to Tucson Police. "This is a very important step in the case".

Magnus said the department received a tip, which lead to the discovery of the remains.

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