TUCSON, Ariz. – The Latest on the case of a Tucson girl who went missing nearly five years ago (all times local):
The family of a Tucson girl who was found dead nearly five years after going missing from her bedroom has issued a statement thanking the community for support and asking for privacy.
The family of six-year-old Isabel Celis said in a statement issued by Tucson Medical Center, where the girl's mother works, that it is their time to mourn.
Isabel Celis was last seen when she went to bed on April 20, 2012. Her father reported her missing the next morning after realizing she was not in her room.
Police said they found her remains in a rural area in Pima County about a month ago and that an out-of-state lab identified them.
Police Chief Chris Magnus says an intense investigation is ongoing. He wouldn't reveal details about how police found the remains or whether there were any suspects, but he said investigators found them "not by happenstance."
Tucson police Chief Chris Magnus says remains found in a remote area in Pima County about a month ago are those of six-year-old Isabel Celis, who went missing from her family home nearly five years ago.
Magnus said Friday that an independent lab identified the remains as those of Celis. He said an investigation is ongoing but would not say whether there were any new suspects.
Celis was last seen on April 20, 2012, and was reported missing by her father when he realized she was missing from her room the next morning.
Police haven't named suspects.
Magnus said a large team of Tucson Police investigators have worked the case for several years and were led to her remains through the course of an investigation.
Tucson police say they're announcing a development in the case of Isabel Celis, the girl who went missing from her home nearly five years ago.
Celis was last seen April 20, 2012 when she was six years old. Her father reported her missing the next morning after finding she was not in her bedroom.
Police never named any suspects but said they found" suspicious circumstances around a possible entry point" in the home.
Police and volunteers conducted exhaustive searches and even renewed a door-to-door effort to find the girl 18 months after her disappearance.
Police said they will make the announcement on Friday afternoon.