Timeline of events one week after Isabel's disappearance - Tucson News Now

Timeline of events one week after Isabel's disappearance

Saturday marks one week since 6-year-old Isabel Celis vanished from her Tucson home. Still, there's no word on her whereabouts.

Isabel was tucked into bed around 11 p.m. last Friday night. The next morning her father made the discovery.

Sgt. Maria Hawke of Tucson Police Dept. said, "She was checked on at about 8 a.m. when her father went to wake her up so they could start their day, and she was not in her room."

Isabel's bedroom window was open and the screen had been taken off. The entire neighborhood was virtually put on lock down for several days as officers searched cars entering and leaving the area. Dogs searched the area and helicopters flew overhead.

"You wonder, is this happening. Is it a dream? You hear about it, but it's real," said Justin Mastromarino, Isabel's uncle.

The family attended 7 o'clock mass at Saint Joseph's Church the following morning. Then a candlelight vigil later that night with about 300 in attendance, including strangers.

"There's a little girl out there that's missing and it just touches me," said Kendra Strong, who attended the vigil.

Search crews continued to follow up on more than a hundred leads. FBI dogs searched the neighborhood including Isabel's home. One of the dogs hit on something inside but investigators wouldn't say what.

Authorities also interviewed 17 sex offenders within a 3-mile radius of Isabel's home. Officers sifted through Los Reales Landfill but found nothing significant.

They left nothing out, even searching the waters of Lakeside Park.

On Wednesday, Isabel's parents addressed the media for the first time since her disappearance, but took no questions from reporters.

"Please, please, to the person or persons who have Isabel. Tell us your demands, tell us what you want we will do anything for her," said Sergio Celis, Isabel's father.

Police say the parents are cooperative and that no one has been ruled out.

The story quickly gained national attention and aired on shows including Nancy Grace and America's Most Wanted.

On Friday night, police released video looking for 5 people who could potentially be witnesses- one man has already come forward.

Friends and community members have come together to help search for Isabel. They've distributed 200,000 fliers and set up billboards in the Tucson and Phoenix areas.

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