Police seek info from five in video as search for Isabel goes on

2012-04-28T00:01:00Z 2012-05-12T19:02:54Z Police seek info from five in video as search for Isabel goes onJamar Younger and Veronica M. Cruz Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Tucson police released a surveillance video Friday showing five people walking through a parking lot near Isabel Celis' neighborhood hours before she was reported missing.

The video shows what appear to be two men and three women walking eastbound through the parking lot alongside St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 215 S. Craycroft Road, between 1 and 1:30 a.m. last Saturday and headed toward East Cooper Street.

Cooper Street is one street south of East 12th Street, where the Celis home is located.

The group may have left the Cactus Moon nightclub or the Risky Business Restaurant and Bar near East Broadway and Craycroft Road, according to a Police Department news release.

Police would like to question members of the group to see if they have any information that would help the investigation into Isabel's disappearance. Members of the group are asked to call 911 as soon as possible.

"We want them to hopefully come forward to us and tell us did they or did they not see anything unusual," said Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor at a news briefing.

The department released the video after seeing the number of investigative leads decrease as police continue to search for the 6-year-old girl who has been missing for a week.

Villaseñor also said:

• The department has contacted the Sonora State Investigative Police in Mexico with information about Isabel.

• An anonymous donor has worked with 88-CRIME to increase the reward for significant information to $50,000.

Likely didn't leave alone

At this point, it doesn't appear Isabel left the house on her own, although investigators are not ruling out the possibility, Villaseñor said.

"What we're interested in is identifying and talking to people who may have been in the area" between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m., he said.

Anyone who might have abducted Isabel likely would have shown changes in their normal behaviors and activities last Saturday or on subsequent days, he said.

Those changes include missing scheduled appointments or other activities last Saturday, disappearing for a period of hours or days since last weekend and becoming more nervous or secretive.

Lake searches completed

Police completed a search of four Tucson-area park lakes Thursday night, finding no clues in Isabel's disappearance.

The search Thursday evening of the body of water at Lakeside Park, near South Pantano and East Escalante roads, was prompted by a tip, said Lt. Fabian Pacheco.

After searching Lakeside, investigators decided to check lakes at three other Tucson-area parks: Kennedy, near West Ajo Way and South La Cholla Boulevard; Christopher Columbus, on North Silverbell Road near West Sweetwater Drive; and Reid, near East 22nd Street and South Country Club Road. No clues were found, Pacheco said.

Meanwhile, police are asking anyone with video of activities at Freedom Park on the night of April 20 to contact investigators.

Isabel was at the park, on East Golf Links Road near South Swan Road, that evening for her brother's baseball game, police said.

There are about 50 detectives investigating leads, along with another 40 officers and support personnel performing administrative work, and, if necessary, checking areas, Villaseñor said.

FUNDRAISERS

Members of the Arizona Opera chorus have organized a benefit concert Sunday in Scottsdale to raise money for Isabel's search fund. Isabel's father, Sergio Celis, has been a longtime tenor in the Arizona Opera chorus, performing most recently in the opera's March production of "Aida."

"When we had first heard about (Isabel's disappearance) we were in the middle of a show and we were all just dumbstruck, and we didn't know what to do, but we knew that we had to to do something," said Ashleigh Guida, who along with fellow chorus member Kara Harris helped organize the concert. "We thought this would be a good way for us to show our support, and we just want to give them as much love and support as we possibly can."

More than 30 current and former chorus members have volunteered to perform in Sunday's concert, said John Cleveland, who has performed in the chorus with Celis for about 20 years.

Cleveland called Celis "one of the finest people you can ever meet" and said that both Celis and his wife, Rebecca, are very dedicated and loving parents.

Concert information

Voices of Hope - A Concert for Isabel and the Celis Family.

• When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

• Where: Chaparral Christian Church, 6451 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale.

• Cost: Donations accepted.

HOW TO HELP

Anyone with information about Isabel's disappearance can call 911 or 88-CRIME (882-7463).

Donations to help with the search can be made online at www.tmcaz.com/ TMCFoundation

Contact reporter Jamar Younger at jyounger@azstarnet.com or 573-4115.

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