Cops had reportedly followed more than 2,000 leads since Celis’ disappearance.
Police did not reveal how long the girl’s remains were in that location or what caused her death.
“Obviously this is not the ending that any of us had hoped for, but this is also not the ending of the case,” Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus said in a press conference. ”We are working this case very aggressively as we would with any case involving the death of a child.”
Police have also not revealed any suspects in the case yet, but said the Celis’ remains weren’t found by “happenstance.”