Day 20: Police have spent $1M in the search for Isabel
Reporter: Jessica Chapin
TUCSON (KGUN9- TV) - One million dollars and 20 days later, Tucson police are still trying to find out how 6-year-old Isabel Celis disappeared from her East side home in late April. With 20 investigators and 30 support personnel on the case, they are still unable to release new information.
"Some of that information is still tentative and it's being confirmed," said Sgt. Maria Hawke in a Thursday afternoon briefing, "Some of that information is more confirmed information but again just because of the possibility of that information affecting this investigation negatively we have to keep that close to the cuff."
Police do confirm they are combing through more than 1,000 tips called into their Crimestoppers hotline, sending officers to search based on the tips and possible sightings. Police estimate having spent around $1,000,000 in the search for Isabel Celis. About $340,000 was spent on the first four days of the search. Around $250,000 has been spent on overtime.
"Thus far they haven't panned out," said Hawke, "That doesn't mean that in the future they won't, and so those may continue depending on what information is received."
Police still haven't eliminated anyone as a suspect, including the Celis family. They also haven't eliminated the possibility that investigators will find Isa and bring her home safely.
"We have every hope that as long as we keep investigating to the fullest extent that we possibly can that we will be able to locate her, bring her home safely," said Hawke, "and not only that but also prosecute the person that did this."
Tucson Police will be holding their next media briefing on Monday at 2:00 p.m.
Police continue to encourage the family to speak to the media. However, speaking to the media is their decision and their voice.
While volunteer efforts have scaled back since last week- there are still events going on around Tucson. Friday there is a fundraiser at Boston Market on Grant, near Tanque Verde. Mention Isabel Celis when you order and 15% will go to the Isabel Celis Foundation.
$50,000 is the current reward being offered through 88-CRIME for information that leads to the discovery of Isabel Celis.
Stay with KGUN9 On Your Side and KGUN9.com for the latest developments in the search for missing 6-year-old Isabel Mercedes Celis.