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Underwater search turns up no sign of missing Tucson girl

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Police in Tucson said underwater searches have turned up no sign of a 6-year-old girl who disappeared from her home a week ago.

Lt. Fabian Pacheco said Friday that investigators working on Isabel Mercedes Celis' disappearance spent the night combing through the lake at a local park with sonar equipment.

He says they were acting on a tip, but he wouldn't elaborate. Officers also searched bodies of water in other city parks.

Pacheco says police are also looking for anyone who took video during a baseball game that Isabel's family attended the night before she disappeared.

Isabel's parents say they last saw the first-grader in her bedroom April 20, and they awoke the next morning to find her missing. Police say a window was open with the screen pushed aside.

Meanwhile, a neighbor says she heard noises the morning of Isabel Celis' disappearance.

Alicia Stardevant tells KVOA-TV she heard her dogs barking and male voices outside her bedroom window at about 6:30 a.m. Saturday. She says there were no sounds that indicated a struggle.

Police Chief Roberto Villasenor says detectives have the neighbor's statement but it's one piece of a very large puzzle. Investigators have been pursuing hundreds of tips.

In a Facebook post Thursday, Isabel's mother, Rebecca, asked people to continue to pray for her daughter.

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