911 Calls From Isabel Celis' Father Will Boggle Your Mind (LISTEN)

Isabel CelisPicture this. You wake up one morning, and your 6-year-old daughter is not in her bed. You grab the phone and call 911. What is the first thing you say? Do you tell operators that your child is missing? Or do you do what Isabel Celis' dad, Sergio Celis, did? Do you tell the 911 dispatcher that your only daughter has been "abducted"?

Just a day after the Tucson Police confirmed that the missing 6-year-old's father was barred contact with his sons, police have released the 911 call from the morning little Isa went missing. And folks, it's ... strange.


If you listen to the tapes, from the get-go, a very calm Sergio Celis announces that his 6-year-old has been abducted. He reels off all of the pertinent details, is very cooperative. But ... again, the only word I have is strange. Take a listen:

Maybe it's the difference between a man and a woman, a mother and a father, this particular man and me. But if I walked into my daughter's bedroom tomorrow, saw her bed empty and the screen busted out, I wouldn't be calm. I would hardly be verbal. If I even made it to the phone to call 911 instead of curling into a blubbering mess on the ground, I can only imagine the words I'd use.

Missing. Gone. Disappeared. WHERE IS SHE?

People have laughed at ice skater Nancy Kerrigan for screaming "Why me?" over and over after her attack, but I have always identified with her. In times of trauma, that's where I go. I don't decide. I question everything.

I would want answers, of course. I would want the cops to tell me exactly what had happened and find my baby girl immediately (if not sooner). But I don't think I'd be able to venture into the "abducted" realm until they put me there. Because this is my baby. I'd want to think the best ... even if I was fearing the worst.

Do the 911 tapes tell us anything? Eh. That's up for cops to decide. But it certainly gives us a lot to think about ... and question.

Be honest: if you woke up and your child were gone, what's the first thing that would come to mind: missing or "abducted"?


Image via National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

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