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Apr 21, 2014 9:23 PM by Lupita Murillo

TPD continues Celis investigation; Family's private investigator has theories

TUCSON - It was two years ago Monday that an east side father woke up and quickly realized his daughter wasn't in her bed.

Isabel Celis was gone, disappeared. Immediately the search and investigation began.

Tucson Police have followed thousands of leads and tips. Becky and Sergio Celis say they still have hope.

In January, Tucson Police took a fresh look at this case. Eight new detectives were assigned to the case to re-examine it. From March 2013-2014, TPD has gone back to the Celis neighborhood to look for new information.

Over a two day period (January 12-14, 2014) 36 TPD personnel spoke to individuals in 305 residences.

The family has their own private investigator working the case. Kelly Snyder, a retired federal agent says, "My investigation pointed at two individuals." He says he interviewed one person three times, and Tucson police were aware. Snyder also did a handwriting analysis on this person. "This individual shed some light as far as I was concerned on her disappearance."

He has handed over his information to Tucson Police. "All I would suggest is that they take a hard look at that evidence. Go at their own pace in what they truly believe is a potential lead. Hopefully they've done that or will do that."

According to TPD, in the last year they have made contact with agencies in Arizona, Georgia, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Mexico.

They have also resubmitted potential evidence for further testing.

Snyder adds, "Any department that would spend this much time and effort on a case is trying to do the right thing."

The Celis family says they are glad TPD is continuing their investigation. The family says it gives them hope.

In all TPD has received and investigated 2,192 leads.

If you have information you are urged to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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