Man arrested for murder of Isabel Celis and Maribel Gonzalez

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Isabel Celis
Isabel Celis

Man Arrested for murder of Isabel Celis and Maribel Gonzalez

September 18, 2018

Christopher Matthew Clements, 36, has been arrested and charged with 21 criminal counts, including murder and kidnapping charges in the deaths of Isabel Celis and Maribel Gonzalez, Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus said. Isabel went missing in 2012 and Maribel went missing in 2014.

Maribel Gonzalez and Isabel Celis

Gonzalez’ body was discovered in June 2014 in the Avra Valley community near Tucson, not far from where Celis’ remains would be found in 2017.

The case of missing Isabel Celis became a national story as many tried to figure out her disappearance and explain what many considered odd behavior by her father, who was subsequently asked to leave the home by CPS.

Clements had already been in a Phoenix-area jail for more than a year facing other charges when the indictment was issued. Clements was charged and convicted in Oregon in 1998 of sex-related crimes and was required to register as a sex offender.

Christopher Clements
Christopher Clements

Isabel’s Remains Found in 2017

The authorities have announced that remains found in a rural area of Pima County were determined to belong to Isabel.  Isabel went missing almost five years ago on April 21.  

“Obviously this is not the ending that any of us had hoped for, but this is also not the ending of the case,” Chief Chris Magnus told the media.  “We are working this case very aggressively as we would with any case involving the death of a child.  

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