Tucson PD: Remains of missing Tucson girl Isabel Celis have been found

He said many Tucson Police investigators have worked the case for years and eventually the course of the investigation led them to her remains.

In a statement Tucson Police Department said: "Earlier this month, human remains were recovered from a remote area in Pima County".

"Obviously this is not the ending that any of us had hoped for, but this is also not the ending of the case". "We are working this case very aggressively as we would with any case involving the death of a child".

Police say they are still actively investigating leads and have not named any suspects.

Isabel Celis went missing from her bedroom in Tucson on the morning of April 21, 2012.

After her mother had gone to work, Isabel's father had gone to wake the child up and discovered her missing from her bedroom.

At the time, the case drew comparison to the disappearance of three-year-old Madeleine McCann, who vanished while on holiday with her parents in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on 3 May 2007.

Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus cannot confirm when or where her remains were located, but the Pima County Medical Examiners Office could confirm the remains were those of Isabel Celis through DNA testing.

No arrests have been announced and the chief would not discuss suspects at a news conference.

The statement thanked the community for its support and the refusal to give up hope, but now, it is time for the family to grieve.

The chief said Isabel's remains were found in a rural part of Pima County, which includes Tucson. Now is our time to mourn.

Magnus released few details about the recovery of the girl's remains, saying an investigation is ongoing. He said he thinks it is possible that people know something about happened to the young girl.

FILE - In this April 22, 2012, file photo, a flyer for missing 6-year-old Isabel Celis is placed on a volunteer's auto in Tucson, Ariz.

  • Leroy Wright