The latest news on Isabel Celis has just added another layer of confusion to the already mysterious case of the missing 6-year-old. The screen in the window of the bedroom where the little girl was last seen Friday night was knocked out. And what's been described as a "suspicious hit" picked up by an FBI search dog has been deemed significant enough to turn the Celis home into a crime scene. Now for the confusing part: police say that doesn't mean Becky and Sergio Celis are to blame for their daughter's disappearance ... but it doesn't mean they aren't to blame either.
Wait, whaaaaat? Are you confused too? You have to wonder if the Tucson Police Department isn't hedging their bets here.
Tucson News is reporting they've actually allowed the Celis family -- including Isabel's brothers -- back into their home. Already. Kind of odd, considering just yesterday they kicked them out because it was a crime scene, huh? Not to mention they're refusing to say that this was an abduction by an unknown subject even though they can't say for certain whether or not Isabel left her house on her own two feet before Sergio went to wake her up at 8 a.m.?
If I were a cop, I'd probably keep the crime scene locked down. But that's just it. I'm not a cop. I don't know why they do what they do.
Maybe they're still building a case here, or maybe, just maybe these parents really are the victims here. It may sounds sadistic to say it, but I hope it's the latter.
Any time these missing kid cases crop up in the media, the conspiracy theories begin floating around, and 9 times out of 10, people start pointing fingers at the family. Usually these complaints come from armchair psychologists, regular moms and dads who think a few episodes of Law & Order: SVU and Criminal Minds under their belts make them experts. But we can't ignore that there are reasons these TV shows portray plenty of parents as bad guys. The statistics tell us that kids are much more likely to be kidnapped or hurt by a family member -- as much as 49 percent of kidnappings are done by relatives. When we first started talking about the facts surrounding Isabel's disappearance here on The Stir, we had plenty of parents reminding us of just that, and pondering whether little Isa's parents were involved.
And yet, as a parent, I can't bring myself to think of it that way. I can't think about the kind of people who would hurt their own child; especially in the case of little Isabel who is my own daughter's age. I want to think that the Celis' statement to the media -- that they will never stop searching for their daughter -- is the God's honest truth.
I don't like to think about the fact that their daughter is missing, but she already is. We can't go back and erase that. Now we have to move forward. And if her parents can be cleared of suspicion, that's, well, it's probably the "best" outcome of this ... besides the obvious "best" of finding little Isabel Celis alive.
Where does your mind go when you hear about missing kids? Abduction? The parents?
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