Surveillance video no help to find Isabel

2012-05-01T00:00:00Z 2014-08-01T12:00:43Z Surveillance video no help to find IsabelCarmen Duarte Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 01, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Any hope for clues into the disappearance of 6-year-old Isabel Mercedes Celis from a group of five people caught on surveillance video has vanished because the images captured the wrong night.

Tucson police released the video Friday hoping the people in it had witnessed something that would help detectives find Isabel.

The Little League player was reported missing from her home in the 5600 block of East 12th Street shortly after 8 a.m. April 21. Her father, Sergio Celis, went to wake her up in her room and Isabel was not there, police were told. The window to her bedroom was open and the screen was off.

Detectives learned the surveillance video that was released showed the wrong night after talking to three of the five people shown in the grainy black-and-white footage walking in the area of Isabel's home near East Broadway and South Craycroft Road, Lt. Fabian Pacheco said Monday.

The video, which was not date- or time-stamped, was taken by a security camera at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 215 S. Craycroft Road. The video shows the group walking overnight April 21, hours after the search for Isabel had begun.

Police now are working with the security company to collect video footage from overnight April 20, which will include the hours before Isabel was reported missing, Pacheco said.

Investigators will have to pore over footage again in hopes of finding clues into Isabel's disappearance. The mix-up is not a major setback in the investigation, Pacheco said. It is not known how long it will take before police have video from the correct night, he added.

Meanwhile, detectives on Isabel's case are also working with Pima County Sheriff's Department investigators on a report of a sexual assault of three sisters reported Monday morning, said sheriff's Bureau Chief Rick Kastigar. (See story in Law and Order Briefs, at left.)

"We have contacted the Tucson Police Department, and they have sent several detectives out to interact with our detectives. They are comparing notes and sharing information," Kastigar said.

"I don't believe the incidents involving Isabel Celis and the sexual assault of these girls are related, but we can't dismiss the possibility, either," Kastigar said.

A song for Isa

Local band Flight Team, a rhythm and blues and hip-hop group, filmed video for its new song, "Bring Isa Home," Monday evening.

The video was filmed in a shopping center parking lot at South Craycroft Road and East Broadway. A makeshift volunteer post is set up to distribute materials about Tucson's missing child, 6-year-old Isabel Mercedes Celis.

Tucson Medical Center employees who are co-workers of Becky Celis, Isabel's mother, took part in the video.

Band manager Octavio Corrales said the song was written by Lil Zay, Mic Ortiz and Yng Joe to thank the community for coming together and working to try to find Isabel.

To see the filming of the video, go to azstarnet.com/video

Contact reporter Carmen Duarte at cduarte@azstarnet.com or 573-4104.

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