Transcript of Ann Curry's interview on "Today" with Sergio and Becky Celis

2012-05-04T00:00:00Z 2012-05-30T13:43:29Z Transcript of Ann Curry's interview on "Today" with Sergio and Becky Celis Arizona Daily Star
May 04, 2012 12:00 am

Ann Curry: Isabel’s parents, Sergio and Becky, are now joining us exclusively this morning. Good morning to both of you.

Sergio and Becky Celis: Good morning.

AC: This is our first chance to really get to know a little bit about your daughter, Isabel. What do you want to tell us, Becky, about your girl?

Becky Celis: She is a girly girl. She loves to get her makeup on and paint her nails, do your nails, do my nails, do her hair. She loves to put — she loves to go out and play with her brother, play hard in the dirt and then come back in and get herself all girled up again. She's very caring. She’s a loving little girl, loves to come and give mom and dad hugs all the time, tell us we love her — or that she loves us. A beautiful baby girl.

AC: We can see from the videotape, just so full of life. And Sergio, I’m wondering, you know, we just saw from the videotape, you were asked to reenact the hours before Isabel disappeared. What do you remember about the last time you saw her, Sergio?

Sergio Celis: Just that sweet little face. Just that sweet little face. She had just gotten her hair done. It was just before she went to bed. She had a baseball game early the next morning and Becky braided her hair up. So she was going to be ready for early morning. And I was asking her if she was hungry and she just had that little sleepy look as she was walking by and she just said, ‘No, daddy. I’m tired.’ She was just walking by. She is so full of life, and she is just so wonderful. And we do miss her so much. And her brothers miss her so much. (One of the brothers) said he loves her so much. We just need everyone out there, everyone, just to keep praying for her. Keep your eyes out.

AC: As you know, any time there is a case of a missing child, the parents and family come under scrutiny. Becky, what do you want to tell us about how intense that scrutiny is now? Has it lessened? Is it still as intense? And how do you feel about it?

Becky Celis: It's necessary to do. And if it’s anything close to getting Isa back home safely, then whatever it takes. It’s nothing we can’t handle. We want her back, so whatever it takes to get her back, we will do.

AC: You know, there is no easy way to ask this question, but because this is your first live television interview, Sergio, let me ask you this question. What do you want to say about questions about whether you had anything to do with your daughter’s disappearance?

Sergio Celis: Gosh. I wish I knew where to begin. We are so frustrated to try to understand why this is happening, why this had to happen, why Isabel had to be targeted. We just don’t understand that. And to whomever did this, please, look at her, look at her. She’s beautiful. She doesn’t deserve this. She deserves to be home. She deserves to be home in her room playing with her brothers and just loving life the way she does. This is — there’s so many things that are just so frustrating and so difficult to deal with. You — we just want her home. We just want her home.

AC: Do you have any reason to believe that someone is holding her for ransom, Sergio?

Becky Celis: No demands have been made.

Sergio Celis: Not because it’s been made and not because it's been said, there have been no demands. There have been no calls for ransom. We have the reward ready. There has been no communication that we’re aware of. The detectives and the investigators have, you know, been good in communicating with us every day. But at the same time, you know, there’s only so much they can tell us. There’s only so much they do tell us. They keep us at bay, and all of that is frustrating. We understand that they can’t bring false hope, but at the same time, you know, we're desperate. We’re desperate in finding out information. We’re extremely frustrated that it’s taking so long and we understand that they’re doing absolutely everything possible. And sometimes it does feel that, yes, we do feel sometimes that they’re wasting time with us even though we know we have to be under, you know, scrutiny, absolutely, understandable. But my goodness. She’s still out there.

Becky Celis: We just want her home. We want people to keep praying for her so that she comes home to us, and keep your eyes open. Just as many prayers as you guys can do to bring her — to help us bring her home. Prayers to have whoever took her to have a change of heart and want to bring her home. Prayers for investigators to please have a break in the case and be able to bring Isabel home where she belongs, her favorite place in the world.

Sergio Celis: Her favorite place in the world.

AC: Sergio and Becky Celis, I am certain that after hearing you this morning, you have a lot of people praying for you and Isabel. Thank you so much for joining us.

Sergio Celis: And we want to thank everybody for all their prayers. This is the most unbelievable unity of prayer around the world, as we understand it. It’s not just across the nation. We understand it is worldly and we thank everybody from the bottom of our hearts.

Becky Celis: And our community.

Sergio Celis: Our community. Everybody’s so involved. The volunteers. There are endless efforts. It’s unbelievable. We have to thank everyone doing everything they're doing. And please, please keep your eyes open. Keep your eyes open.

Becky Celis: And continue praying, please.

AC: May your prayers be answered. Thank you.

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