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Apr 20, 2014 12:17 AM by Sam Salzwedel

Isabel Celis' family remembers disappearance anniversary

TUCSON - The Celis family is remembering the anniversary of their daughter's disappearance by helping the community.

Isabel Celis disappeared from her home near Broadway Boulevard and Craycroft Road overnight between April 20 and 21, 2012. She was 6 years old at the time, and police are still asking for the public's help finding her.

Sergio and Becky Celis were part of an event at the Peter Piper Pizza on Broadway Boulevard Saturday afternoon. Parents were able to get free identification cards complete with fingerprints. Some of the food and drink proceeds were donated to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Isabel's parents, Sergio and Becky Celis, say they want to help the people who have helped them.

"God forbid for this to happen to anyone else," Sergio Celis said. "At least you have fingerprints. At least you have current weights, and current pictures, and everything that you can have. Everything is all right here."

Carla Miller just happened to be at Peter Piper Pizza for a birthday party, but took advantage of the opportunity for the free fingerprinting.

"Looking at the information that you're filling out, it's like, 'Wow, I don't know how tall they are. I didn't know how much they weigh,'" Miller said. "So it would give an accurate description if something were to happen."

Ara Cely said the process gave her a feeling other than security.

"In a sense, it's scary because we have to come out and do this," she said. "But in another way, it's just satisfying to know that I have that just in case."

Sergio and Becky Celis say the anniversary is harder than other dates on the calendar.

"It's just not a good day in general," Becky Celis said.

"It's that marking stone that we obviously didn't want to reach," Sergio Celis said. "We don't want to look forward to that. we wish this would have been over with in that first day."


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