New details in the Isabel Celis case reveal that blood was found on the bedroom floor of the six-year old's home when police responded to the initial report. This is a disturbing detail in an already confusing and startling case of a missing child. So what does this blood evidence mean in the investigation?
Among the details released in a report by Tuscon officials, it was documented that police saw "apparent blood" on the floor of the bedroom. It was also reported, and has been reported here on Gather News, that investigators were seen removing bloodstained articles from a car on the family's property. These items have been clarified as being a shower curtain and a hat, but were previously reported in news headlines as a pillow and blanket.
What do these bits of evidence mean? It's apparent that Isabel Celis was taken somewhere away from her home. Police acknowledge that "this is an abduction." Nonetheless, the presence of evidence and the locations in which the evidence was obtained kind of points toward more than just an abduction, not to mention a suspect that is far from a stranger.
The following questions should be asked now in regards to the evidence:
- Did the blood on the bedroom floor look like there were attempts at cleaning it? Was it smeared or rubbed into the floor?
- Was the bathroom in the home of Isabel Celis in any state of damage? Meaning: Was luminol at least used to see if there was at any point an act of violence?
Going by the evidence released by this report, it seems as though something happened to this little girl right in her home before she was removed. That doesn't feel like an abduction. It seems like a crime was committed and the evidence, along with a body, was removed from the home. Why would there be a bloody shower curtain on the property as well as blood on Isabel's floor? Why would there be any blood if this was a simple abduction?
Also, how much blood was there? With there being more than just a couple of items with blood on them, it's safe to consider that it was more than just a little bit. So that would indicate that Isabel had to have been part of a struggle, and a six-year-old girl who is being harmed would certainly make a noise and cry out for help, right? Would she not attract the attention of her sleeping parents or even her older brothers?
The more evidence that comes out in this case, the fishier the entire thing seems.
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