The parents of a missing Tucson girl gave an interview today on a national television morning show and among those watching was at least one body language expert.
Susan Constantine, an expert on deception detection, has worked on over 300 cases, including the Casey Anthony case, training law enforcement on studying body language.
Constantine watched this morning's interview on NBC's "Today" show with Sergio and Rebecca Celis, whose 6-year-old daughter Isabel was reported missing on April 21, and said in a Skype interview today that while there is no specific gesture that shows deception, she did notice inconsistencies.
She said Rebecca Celis "had genuine sadness" in her eyes and that she was deeply saddened. Constantine, who is not involved in this investigation, said she did not see deception in the mother.
"I didn't see this so much in the dad," Constantine said.
She said the inconsistencies she saw were that Sergio "tends to have his voice kind of crack, but you don't see any tears."
Constantine did point out that when someone who is used to being examined is put in the hot seat, this can cause anxiety which can be confused as deception. Sergio Celis, who performs with the Arizona Opera, may fall into this category, she said.
Tucson Police, who have their own body language analysts, say they have not focused their attention on any one suspect, but they have not ruled anyone out.
Sonu Wasu will have more on this story on KOLD News 13 at 5 and 6 p.m.
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