(TUCSON, Ariz.) — The search for missing 6-year-old Isabel Mercedes Celis intensified Monday after specially trained police dogs found something in the girl’s home, which piqued investigators’ interests.
“We have information we obtained from the dogs that has necessitated more follow-up investigation,” Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villasenor said Monday.
Police have evacuated the Celis family from their home after the FBI-trained dogs found something during a search overnight.
Isabel was reported missing by her father around 8 a.m. Saturday after the girl’s mother had left for work and her father went to wake her up. The child was not in her room, and a bedroom window was opened with the screen removed, Villasenor said.
The little girl was last seen around 11 p.m. Friday, when she was put to bed, he said.
Police upgraded the search from a missing child to a possible abduction this weekend, and have not ruled out the parents of the missing child as suspects.
Ground and air searches for the girl will continue Monday. More than 250 people have helped search the area around the Celis’ Tucson neighborhood this weekend, including canvassing neighbors to ask about any possible leads.
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