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Tucson PD: 'We have hope' Isabel is alive

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Isabel Celis was last seen in her bedroom the night of April 20 Isabel Celis was last seen in her bedroom the night of April 20
TUCSON, AZ (CBS5) -

Tucson police said Thursday they have hope that missing 6-year-old Isabel Celis is alive.

"There is always hope, and we have examples as well that days, months or years go by before somebody is found or turns up in an unexpected situation," Sgt. Maria Hawke said at a news briefing.

"Because of that we have every hope that as long as we keep investigating to the fullest extent that we possibly can, we will be able to locate her, bring her home safely and not only that, prosecute the person that did this," Hawke said.

Hawke said there is information investigators can't release.

"Some of that information is still tentative, and it's being confirmed," Hawke said. "Some of that is confirmed information. But again, just because of the possibility of affecting our investigation negatively, we have to keep that stuff close to the cuff."

Hawke said investigators are still sifting through 1,000 tips that have poured in since Isabel was last seen in her bedroom the night of April 20 and discovered missing the next morning.

"Nobody has been eliminated as a suspect at this time," Hawke said. "We are still considering every and all possibility."

Police said the next news briefing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday.

Friends of the family said they have passed out more than 20,000 flyers. (Click here for a printable flyer).

The first grader is described as just under 4 feet tall and weighs 44 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the girl is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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