Missing: Isabel Celis
Rebecca Celis: "Do not forget"
Two months after Isabel's disappearance, volunteers work to keep hope alive
Reporter: Marcelino Benito
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - With the number of volunteers dwindling and the leads barely trickling in, attention to the Isabel Celis case is dying down. Thursday night, Rebecca Celis, her two sons and a group of volunteers pushed to keep Isabel's name in the headlines with a fundraiser at Kino Stadium.
It's been two months since anyone has seen Isabel. Although the weeks continue to go by, Rebecca continues to work to bring her daughter home.
"It gets harder and harder," Rebecca said. "But we still have hope."
All Rebecca and the volunteers can really do is hope. Tucson Police tell 9OYS the leads are not coming in as frequently. The count now stands at about 1,800. Meanwhile, public interest is waning.
9OYS reporter Marcelino Benito asked Rebecca if she thinks people have forgotten her daughter is missing. "Probably a little bit," she replied. "We continue to post flyers, everyone at the command center, our families, we've been trying as hard as we can. That's what's going to bring her home."
Rebecca and the volunteers helped distribute Isa's photo at the ballpark. Her name was everywhere, on candles, t-shirts, stickers and water bottles. People stopped by during the game to do their part with a donation. It's these things that Rebecca believes will ultimately bring her daughter home.
"I feel in my heart that she's out there," she said. "We just have to make sure the right person sees her to bring her home."
Tucson Police continues to investigate, but the number of personnel working the case has drastically dropped off. Just under 20 people continue to work the case full-time. There are still no suspects.
"I want people to not forget," Rebecca said. "She's still out there. Keep posting flyers. Keep your eyes open. Keep praying."
If you have any information that can help police crack this case, call 911 or 88-crime. The reward for information leading to Isabel now stands at $60,500.