Body of missing American schoolgirl Isabel Celis, 6, found in woodland

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Her remains were discovered about a month ago, but have now been identified by forensic experts, police announced yesterday.

"This is a very important step in the case, so that's one of the reasons why we're still asking the public if they have any leads".

FILE - In this April 22, 2012, file photo, an alley path behind the street where a 6-year-old Tucson girl went missing from her home is cut off with police tape in Tucson, Ariz. She was six years old at that time.

Family members said they last saw her in her bedroom the night before she vanished. A window was found open and a neighbour reported hearing male voices and dogs barking outside her window at 6.30am on the day Isabel went missing. Anxious about what could have happened to his daughter, her father reported her missing to the Tucson, Arizona police.

The police has not disclosed anything about potential suspects.

Eighteen months after Celis went missing, the police renewed their efforts to find her. Police interviewed neighbors, canvassed parks, searched a landfill and reviewed surveillance video from nearby businesses. They even went door-to-door looking for her.

Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus announced that the remains of Isabel Celis were found in a rural area in Pima County during a press conference on Friday March 31, 2017.

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"The loss of any child is a loss to the family and to our entire community", Magnus said.

Magnus did not release many details regarding the girl's remains and their recovery of her body.

Police have found the remains of a six-year-old girl who went missing from her bedroom in Tucson almost five years ago.

Missing Tucson girl Isabel Celis was confirmed dead today, police reported.

No suspect in her death has been arrested and Magnus said officers are still accepting information. Her body was found in a remote part of Pima County earlier this month.

"Unfortunately, the results of this DNA analysis did confirm that the remains were those of Isabel Celis", Magnus said.

"Obviously this is not the ending that any of us had hoped for, but this is also not the ending of the case", Magnus told reporters.

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