The case of missing 6-year old Isabel Celis is a "race against the clock", according to Tucson police chief Roberto Villasenor. "They always are," he said during a press statement this morning.
Isabel was last seen in her bedroom on Friday night and was discovered missing around eight a.m. the next morning, according to investigators. The police chief addressed the rumor that the screen was popped out of her window, saying it was true, but they aren't positive about the window being an entry point just yet. As always with a case such as this, officials are wary about releasing too many details; the department is investigating more than 100 leads.
As of now, they are canvasing the streets of her neighborhood and beyond, asking if anyone has seen her or knows anything about her whereabouts. They have also led an FBI canine team through her bedroom, looking for any clues as to what happened. The idea of a child being taken from the safety of her own bedroom is horrifying for fellow parents, and a candlelight vigil to pray for her safe return was held last night.
The fact that Isabel was taken from her bedroom brings to mind the devastating case of JonBenet Ramsey, the 6-year old beauty queen who was killed in her Colorado home; it was thought she had also been taken in the night after a ransom note was found in the house, but her body was later found in the basement.
Anyone with info on Isabel is urged to call 520-88-CRIME immediately.