Isabel Celis Disappearance: Two years later - Tucson News Now

Isabel Celis Disappearance: Two years later

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Community members gather to learn about child safety awareness. Community members gather to learn about child safety awareness.
Community members gather to learn about child safety awareness. Community members gather to learn about child safety awareness.
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

It has been nearly two years since the disappearance of 6-year-old Isabel Celis, but her parents have not given up hope for her safe return.

Celis was last seen on April 20, 2012 when she went to bed that night. She was reported missing the next morning.

Parents Becky and Sergio Celis spent Saturday afternoon hosting a child safety awareness event at the Peter Piper Pizza on Broadway Boulevard.

"We never lose hope," Becky Celis said. "The community is what a lot of times, puts our hope higher. They come up to you and just say that they're still praying for Isa that she's coming home someday, that they know that she's coming home.

Families enjoyed pizza, face-painting and decorating Easter eggs during the community event.

They also had an opportunity to get printed identification cards for their children, which list contact information and their child's fingerprints so that law enforcement has an immediate point of reference should their child go missing.

Later in the afternoon, the family released more than a dozen purple balloons outside the restaurant.

Sergio Celis said police are looking at new directions in the investigation and that tips on his daughter's case are still coming in.

The parents said support from their two sons and from those in the community who have reached out to them, have kept them strong in knowing their daughter will return home safely.

"On top of it, it's just a feeling that we have inside of our hearts. We know it's going to happen," Celis said.

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