Posted 10:46 PM 5/18/2012 : Isabel Celis' mother attends candlelight vigil walk
TUCSON - Isabel Celis' mother, Becky Celis, joined hundreds of people who held a candlelight walk Friday night.
"I know in my heart she's somewhere out there," Celis said. "It's just taking longer than I was hoping."
She appreciates the support from the community.
"It's so wonderful to see," Celis said, "and I just want to say, ‘thank you.'"
She did not want to elaborate on recent reports about Child Protective Services increasing their involvement in the case.
"We are confident that the police are going to find her," Celis said. "We are confident in their efforts, and we don't want to ruin anything they might have with her."
She says she has been talking to her husband Sergio Celis and that he is upset he cannot see his kids.
"My husband's a great father," Celis said. "My husband loves those boys, loves my daughter. He's a great husband."
Sergio Celis' sister, Elena Lukasiewicz, also went to the walk.
"Because we still don't have Isa, the focus goes back to Sergio and his family," Lukasiewicz said, "with negative press and bashing in the public's eye."
Sergio Celis' court appearance related to the animal charges was blown out of proportion, according to Lukasiewicz.
He was applying for an extension for citations for his dogs' tags, according to Lukasiewicz.
Sergio Celis had never talked to CPS until last Thursday, according to Lukasiewicz.
The people who walked in the vigil did not care about any of the background on the family. They only wanted to help bring Isa home.
"It's just an awesome experience, but at the same time," Alana Urchull said, "it's a terrible experience because she hasn't been found yet."
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