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Tucson police winding down search for missing girl

Tucson police still hopeful but scaling back manpower in search for missing 6-year-old By The Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) ' Tucson police are scaling back their search for a 6-year-old girl who has been missing since Saturday.

Police Chief Roberto Villasenor said Tuesday that law enforcement expect to wrap up their intensive search for Isabel Mercedes Celis by morning.

Villasenor says more than 20 officers will work throughout the night in the neighborhood surrounding the girl's home.



That's a sharp reduction from the 150 officers from various agencies who first took part in the search.

Villasenor says the drop in personnel doesn't mean authorities have given up hope of finding Isabel alive. He says police are shifting from searching to an investigative phase.

About 50 officers finished searching a city landfill but Villasenor would not disclose if any leads were found.

Villasenor says authorities are following more than 260 tips.


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