Six-year-old Missing In Arizona

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Arizona six-year-old Isabel Mercedes Celis was discovered missing this morning around 8 a.m. Saturday, April 21, according to">CNN and NPR. Her parents last saw her in bed around 11 p.m. Friday, and her father discovered her bed empty when he came to wake her up, reports CNN.

Police have been "scouring the neighborhood" for Isabel by air and by ground, and bloodhounds, reports CNN. "Additional detective and investigative resources" are part of the search, said Sgt. Maria Hawke of Tuscon Police Dept.

In addition to examining the house for any signs of a break-in, investigators posit that Isabel could have wandered out of the house, NPR reports. "We are treating it as a suspicious disappearance and possible abduction," Hawke said.

Police did not have evidence that a child custody dispute was involved, as both parents live in the home with their daughter, reports NPR.

"You don't think anything like that would actually happen to you," Mercedes Celis uncle Justin Mastromarino said to CNN reporters. "[Mercedes Celis's] mother is beside herself." Police are keeping family members away from the house while conducting the search, Mastromarino said.

Mercedes Cellis is about 4 feet tall and weighs 44 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes, according to NPR.

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