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Officers scaling back search for Isabel

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The search for 6-year-old Isabel Celis has been scaled back from nearly 200 officers Sunday and Monday to 20 Tuesday night, police said.

Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor says the drop in personnel doesn't mean authorities have given up hope of finding Celis alive.

"We've hit just about every area we can," Villaseñor said.

Villaseñor said a FBI behavioral analysis unit was added to law-enforcement personnel Tuesday afternoon and met with investigators.

Lt. Matt Ronstadt said the search warrant of the Celis home has been extended to grant the FBI unit access into the home Tuesday evening.

The family told police Celis went missing from her family home in Tucson's east side sometime Friday night or Saturday morning.

Since the first-grader's reported disappearance, police have:

-- Canvased a 3-mile radius around the family's home near Broadway and Craycroft roads, without identifying a suspect;

-- Searched the family's home for clues, preserving the scene before Rebecca and Sergio Celis were allowed to return to their home on East 12th Street.

-- Sifted through garbage at the Los Reales Landfill, finding nothing of significance, Villaseñor said.

-- Interviewed 17 known sex offenders in the area.

Villaseñor said police have received more than 260 tips in the case.

There has been no cost estimate of the case, Ronstadt said. It likely will be available Wednesday afternoon, he said.

Earlier, Villaseñor said investigators are meeting with the county attorney to go over the case.

There will be no press conferences the remainder of Tuesday evening unless there are significant developments. The next media briefing is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Stay with Fox 11 at 9 p.m. and KOLD News 13 Live at 10 p.m. or the latest developments.

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