TPD and Other Agencies Announce Indictments in Isabel Celis and Maribel Gonzales Murders

The Tucson Police Department (TPD), Pima County Sheriff's Department (PCSD), and the Pima County Attorney's Office held a joint news conference Saturday morning to announce indictments against a suspect in two child murder cases they've been investigating for years.

Authorities say several thousand tips in the 2012 murder of 6-year-old Isabel Celis and the 2014 murder of 13-year-old Maribel Gonzalez led them to charge 36-year-old Christopher Matthew Clements on suspicion of the murders. He's currently being held in the Maricopa County Jail on unrelated charges.

On Friday, Sept. 14, Clements was indicted on multiple felony charges in connection with the deaths of the young Tucson girls and will face trial in their murders. Specific details about the investigations are being withheld at this time due to upcoming court proceedings.

The investigation has been a successful partnership between TPD, PCSD, FBI, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department, Phoenix Police Department, Pima County Attorney’s Office, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, Border Patrol’s Search Trauma and Rescue Unit (BORSTAR), and the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner.