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Missing Girl`s Parents Decide to Speak; Deion Sanders Charged in Divorce Court, Jane Goes to the Food Co-op

Aired May 3, 2012 - 19:00   ET


JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL, HOST: Jane Velez-Mitchell coming to you live from New York City.

We`ve got breaking news tonight in the Isabel Celis case. Of course, she is the little girl who disappeared 13 days ago. In just a couple of moments I will speak exclusively with her uncle in his first interview ever. We`re going to hear how the family is doing. We`re going to get a statement read from him that he says the parents want to get out to the public. His reaction to Isabel`s parents` first interview this morning and so much more.

Isabel Celis` mom and dad step into the spotlight and answer questions on NBC`s "Today Show" about their daughter`s baffling disappearance. Now we`ve also got their first interview since the 6-year-old vanished 13 days ago. Again, talking exclusively live with the missing girl`s uncle, the brother of Isabel`s mom, Becky, next.


VELEZ-MITCHELL (voice-over): Tonight, new developments as the country clamors for answers about what happened to little Isabel Celis. Her parents finally break their silence. It`s their very first interview since their precious 6-year-old vanished almost two weeks ago. We`ll analyze it, and we`re getting reaction on the ground in Isabel`s neighborhood in Tucson.

Plus, I`m taking your calls.

Plus, it`s getting even uglier. Football legend Deion Sanders and his soon-to-be-ex Pilar are duking it out inside divorce court with an army of lawyers on both sides. You won`t believe the accusations that are flying back and forth in this battle of the stars. We`ll take you inside the courtroom.

And I`ll take you along on another one of my adventures and show you how a simple switch will save you tons of money and help you feel a lot healthier.

Investigators race to the child`s home. You see them. They`re going inside, and they slam the door behind them.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The family has left the home. Isabel`s family is staying at a secret location.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Detectives just a little while ago hauled one family member after another back to the home where the child disappeared. We have video for you of the missing child`s mother, as you just saw, coming and going from the house.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Sergio and Becky Celis, they gave their first live interview to NBC`s "Today Show" this morning.

BECKY CELIS, MOTHER OF ISABEL CELIS: We want her back. Whatever it takes to get her back, we will do.

SERGIO CELIS, FATHER OF ISABEL CELIS: We do feel sometimes that they`re wasting time with us.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Still no sign of a 6-year-old girl.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: A possible sexual assault ten miles away from where Isabel disappeared.

SELIN DARKALSTANIAN, HLN PRODUCER: Actual feeling in this town is everyone`s scared. They`re very worried. There`s two incidents that happened very close to each other.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There`s some work being done, but please, have patience with us, because much of that information I can`t talk to you about.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Breaking news tonight as the parents of missing Isabel Celis finally speak out, giving their first interview to NBC`s "Today Show" since the 6-year-old vanished almost two weeks ago. Listen.


B. CELIS: She`s very caring. She`s a loving little girl who loves to come and give Mom and Dad hugs all the time, tell us we love her or that she loves us. A beautiful baby girl.

S. CELIS: We`re desperate. We`re desperate in finding out information. We`re extremely frustrated that it`s taking so long. And we understand that they`re doing absolutely everything possible. And sometimes it does feel that, yes, it -- we do feel sometimes that we`re wasting time with us even though we know we have to be under the closest scrutiny, absolutely. Understandable.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: They held back tears. They held each other tightly as they answered the public`s burning questions for the very first time.

We`ve only seen the parents speak out once before during a press conference last week, where they read prepared statements and didn`t answer questions.

The cops urging the Celises to talk to the media to keep their little girl`s case alive. They have finally done so, about two weeks from the time Isabel disappeared.

This comes one day after Isabel`s mom, dad and brother were taken back to the family home where Isabel vanished and questioned one by one.

Tonight, we are analyzing this entire case and taking your calls" 1- 877-JVM-SAYS, 1-877-586-7297.

Straight out to my exclusive guest, Luis Rodriguez, the uncle of the missing child.

Luis, first of all, our hearts go out to you. We want to be helpful. Thank you for joining us exclusively tonight. We want to keep this story alive. We want to solve this mystery. And we hope, just as you do, to bring this child back home safe and sound.

Why are you speaking out publicly now for the very first time? I understand that there is a statement that you would like to read from your sister and her husband, the parents of missing Isabel.

LUIS RODRIGUEZ, UNCLE OF ISABEL: Yes. "We want -- we want to, first of all, thank everyone for their prayers and the love that we have received, especially from the community and all their prayers. We want to -- we want to continue to pray for Isa`s safe return, and ask everyone to just, you know, continue to keep their eyes open for Isabel." We -- we do understand that Rebecca and Sergio, they want to come out and continue to speak with the media, as well.

We`re just trying to -- our main focus is to bring Isabel home safe and sound. And we just don`t want anything to jeopardize any of the investigation going on at this moment.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: How are all of you doing as a family? We saw Becky and Sergio, the parents of little Isa, holding each other today. They -- every time we have seen them, they`re emotional, they`re crying. How -- how are you all holding up? What is this like for those who have no idea?

RODRIGUEZ: This is just something that, you know -- it`s something that you never think could happen to you. You wish that it doesn`t happen to you. And you think that it`s never going to happen to you, but it`s just -- it`s just a feeling that you never want to go through.

I -- I -- it`s just very hard for the family. We`re trying to be -- everyone is close together and support for what`s going on.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: It must seem like just a terrible dream, and I`ve heard people -- I`ve interviewed many, many people who have lost their children, whose children have disappeared. And they say it`s like a nightmare. They wake up to a nightmare, and they keep thinking they`re going to wake up and it`s going to all be a dream. And it never is. Do you feel a little bit like that, Luis?

RODRIGUEZ: Absolutely. And that`s the -- it`s the whole family that`s going through the same thing. We -- we go to sleep, and we just -- we hope that it`s just a nightmare. And we wake up, and we`re still in the same situation.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Let me ask you, where and when did you hear that your niece was missing?

RODRIGUEZ: I was at work at the moment when -- when I got the first notice, and I came right away to assist for the look of Isabel.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: One of the neighbors said -- the immediate next-door neighbor said that an uncle had knocked on her door and said, "We`re looking for a child." Were you the one going around and knocking on the doors?

RODRIGUEZ: No. And I do not know anything of that, and so I wouldn`t be able to tell you.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: What are the parents doing every day? Because it`s been about 13 days. And we saw them going into the house with detectives yesterday one after the other, but they`re not staying at the house. What are they doing on a day-to-day basis? Because we don`t see them out, say, in the neighborhood, let`s say, looking you know, behind shrubs. But obviously, they`re working hard to find their daughter. What are they doing?

RODRIGUEZ: There`s really nothing that we can do except for wait and wait for any updates that the investigators bring us and we`re -- usually every day we`re always together and just praying -- praying to God to bring Isabel home safely.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, let`s listen to more of Isabel`s father, talking about the last time he saw her on NBC`s "Today Show." Listen carefully to this.


S. CELIS: She had a baseball game really early the next morning, and Becky braided her hair up. And so she was going to be ready for her early morning.

And I was asking her if she was hungry, and she just had that little sleepy look as she was walking by. And she said, "No, Dad. I`m tired." And she was just walking by.

And she is -- she is so -- she is so full of life. And she is just so wonderful, and we do miss her so much. And her brothers miss her so much.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Luis, he`s a dental hygienist, is my understanding, as well as an opera singer. Your sister is a hospital nurse. They have no criminal history. They`ve never had, to our knowledge, police come to the house. They`ve never had Department of Children and Families come to the house. They`ve had no history of marital turmoil, absolutely nothing.

Now, they have made reference a couple of times to people who might be making demands, people who might have taken this child. Do you know any reason why anybody would want to exact revenge on them? Anybody who might have a gripe against them or a member of the family?

RODRIGUEZ: No. We don`t know anybody who would even think about doing something like that and especially the family. The family is very close, and there`s really no reason why anybody would want to do -- to commit something -- some type of act like that.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Have you seen the inside of little Isabel`s room? Was it -- was it ripped up? We understand that there was a screen knocked out. Was -- was there turmoil in there like somebody had done something?

RODRIGUEZ: At the moment I can`t really discuss anything in regard to anything inside the house, so I wouldn`t be able to tell you anything at this time.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: All right. Well, how are the brothers doing? I saw one older brother. He looked maybe to be about 11 or 12. He went into the house yesterday with detectives. I understand there`s another brother. How old are those boys exactly, and how are they holding up?

RODRIGUEZ: They`ve lost a sibling. I mean, they want their sister back, and their main concern is for her to come back safe and sound. That`s their main concern, and they`re really sad about the situation. They love her to death, and they`re never going to stop looking for her.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: It must be difficult to explain to kids that age what`s going on.

Now I understand the parents took polygraphs. Did they pass? What about that? Did they tell you anything about that experience, because we just heard that just today from the police.

RODRIGUEZ: At the moment I`m not aware of any -- any polygraphs that they`ve taken or anything like that. I`m not liable to say at this moment.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: OK. Let me just ask this question about the dogs, because the neighbor said she was woken up at 6:30 in the morning. Her dog barked, and then she heard the Celises` dogs bark. And she heard men`s voices and that was right around the time, just a couple of hours before, maybe an hour and a half before the child was discovered missing.

Did the dogs -- did you hear anything from your sister about the dogs barking that day? I understand the way the layout of the house is -- I`ve seen a floor map -- it might have been hard for them to hear if the dogs were barking on the other side of the house. Any thoughts on that at all?

RODRIGUEZ: Once again, I mean, these questions are mainly for the investigators. We are at this moment we cannot with answer any type of those type of questions. If a neighbor saw that or heard, that`s their perception of what happened. And at this time, we cannot discuss anything more.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: All right. Well, Luis, first of all, I want to thank you for joining us exclusively. Again, my heart goes out to you. We are all here with the right intention, trying to help out. It breaks my heart to see this beautiful little girl and wonder what happened to her. We want to be helpful.

If you have any information at all, tell us, and we will get it out for you. We promise. And we want to stay on top of this, because news coverage does help keep the focus on a case like this.

So again, our prayers and thoughts are with you. Thank you so much for joining us, Luis.



B. CELIS: And it`s necessary to do, and if it`s anything close to getting Isa home -- Isa back home safely, then whatever it takes. There`s nothing we can`t handle. We want her back, so whatever it takes to get her back, we will do.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: All right. Those are the parents of the missing Isabel Celis, 6 years old, missing 13 days, from NBC`s "Today Show," talking to Ann Curry this morning.

We`re going to go round robin with our panel of experts, starting with Steve Moore, former FBI agent.

You heard the parents. You saw the parents. You heard the uncle speaking on our show exclusively. Your thoughts?

STEVE MOORE, FORMER FBI AGENT: They sure seemed sincere, but that`s - - you can`t go on your impressions.

They did, according to the information I`ve gotten, take polygraphs. And while they`re not releasing the results of the polygraph, what they are saying is that they`re still not eliminated as potential suspects. So likely the polygraph either went inconclusive or they just didn`t have enough information to eliminate them as suspects.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Wendy Walsh, psychologist, co-host, "The Doctors."

WENDY WALSH, PSYCHOLOGIST: You know, I know it`s hard to make a TV show, Jane, but I`m really happy there are few leaks going on in this case so that authorities are able to do their investigation.

As the detective said, he sure seems -- this family sure seems sincere. They don`t have a history of any trouble, no calls from the Department of Children`s Services or police to their home ever. So it makes it heartbreaking and heart-wrenching as we sit and wait with them.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: All right. Mark Eiglarsh, criminal defense attorney, some people are questioning why the father and the mother, when asked, basically, in nice, polite phrases, "Did you have anything to do with it?" never came out and said, "We have nothing to do with this." They kind of spoke in generalities.

MARK EIGLARSH, CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Jane, we can`t judge them. None of us are in their shoes. And every now and then, when I try to put myself in their shoes, I don`t want to go there. I stop. Because I have three young kids, and I don`t ever really want to feel what it`s really like to be in their shoes.

I think that we never know, unfortunately, whether somebody`s guilty or not. And that`s why police have to continue to investigate.

I also think they need to focus on the 15 registered sex offenders that live within a three-mile radius of this home. And they also need to focus on the very one sex offender that`s in the immediate vicinity of this home. And hopefully, they come up with something.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Marc Klaas, founder of Klaas Kids Foundation. You lost your precious 12-year-old daughter to a kidnapping and murder. Your thoughts?

MARC KLAAS, FOUNDER, KLAAS KIDS FOUNDATION: Well, I cannot disagree with anything that anybody has said.

And indeed, I have been where these people are. What happens is you get thrust into this world that nobody can really explain to you, and you`re expected to master it. They`re not reacting the way I would have reacted or, in fact, did react, but I can`t fault them for -- for holding on to all of the hope they can hold on to.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: All right. More in a moment.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: More breaking news in a moment, but first, here`s your "Viral Video of the Day."






S. CELIS: Just please, please, to the person or persons who have Isabel, tell us your demands. Tell us what you want. We will do anything for her.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, I definitely think we know more about this case. We -- we do anticipate that we will bring Isa home safely.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Now, I thought that was a big shocker. Police today sort of saying in passing, "Yes, we do anticipate that we`re going to bring Isabel home safely." I think that`s wonderful.

But then again, on "The Today Show" Isabel`s parents said they don`t have reason to believe that somebody is holding her for ransom. So listen to this.


S. CELIS: Not because it`s been made and not because it`s been said. There have been no demands. There have been no -- any calls for a ransom. We have the reward ready. There has been no communication that we`re aware of.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: So I want to go back to Marc Klaas, founder of Klaas Kids Foundation, and you`ve been through this hellish experience. That seemed to be a moment of hope, when the cops just blurt out, "Yes, we anticipate bringing her home alive."

Are they saying that as sort of a public relations move to just be positive? Or do you think they`re only saying that because they have some evidence?

KLAAS: Well, I think we always have to stay positive. I really don`t know what they have, but the reality is that middle-class children are not taken for ransom. Rich children, perhaps, but not middle-class children. They`re taken by sexual criminals.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: That is true. I just find it sort of strange that people -- well, the parents keep appealing to whoever has her, but they also say they haven`t gotten any requests for ransom. It`s really hard to sort out.

Let`s go to the phone lines. Tommy, Georgia, thank you for your patience. Your question or thought, Tommy.

CALLER: Hi, Jane. Thanks for taking my call. I have two questions.

One, why haven`t they exactly named the parents as persons of interest, because they`ve only been on TV twice with the children. I mean, if I was a parent, I would be on the news, talking about my children as much as I could.

And, two, since all of this is happening in Tucson -- Tucson, Arizona, excuse me, I wonder if any of the family or police have ever thought that maybe this might end up in a death of Isabel Celis?

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, yes. I think that we always have to unfortunately be realistic.

Wendy Walsh, psychologist, we saw them on "The Today Show." Now, people play armchair psychologists. And I think all of these panelists, including yourself, said we can`t read into this. We can`t play God. We can`t try to read their minds.

Some people said, "Oh, they`re looking down too much. Every time they talk, they appear to be looking down." And some people like to read into that. Maybe that means they`re not being truthful.

It`s kind of like a dime-store psychologist, Wendy. Do you think any lead to conclusions of that nature are irresponsible or not?

WALSH: I think it is kind of irresponsible.

And I agree with what Marc Klaas said. That, you know, you`re in a serious state of shock. And you`ll react in ways that you might even surprise yourself.

And everybody experiences shock in a different way. For some people it`s a perpetual state of numbness that shows sometimes no affect, no strong emotions, no strong tears. They`re just numb. And sometimes there`s a lot of tears and crying, so it`s hard to judge.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: It really is hard to judge, and nobody knows what it`s like to walk in the footsteps of these individuals.

More next.



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I am in shock. I think this whole community is kind of in shock over everything that`s happened this last week -- week and a half. It`s pretty scary.

JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL, HLN HOST: We`ve got video for you of the missing child`s mother as you saw coming and going from the house.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The statistics show that it`s always most likely someone within the family when it`s a child like this. I can`t imagine what these parents are going through. I mean what you`re seeing is -- I mean it`s just what has to be done.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The parents of missing 6-year-old Isabel Celis are worried that police are wasting time scrutinizing them when they should be searching for Isabel.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Sergio and Becky Celis, they gave their first live interview to NBC`s "Today" show this morning.

SERGIO CELIS, FATHER OF ISABEL CELIS: I wish I knew where to begin. We are so frustrated to try to understand why this is happening, why this had to happen, why Isabel had to be targeted. We just don`t understand that. And to whomever did this, please, look at her. Look at her. She`s beautiful. She doesn`t deserve this.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: A breaking news: The parents speaking out to the "Today" show begging for the child`s safe return. And just moments ago we spoke to the uncle of missing Isabel and tonight the parents confirm that - - well, the police confirm that the parents have both taken polygraph tests. However, we can tell you right now the results have not been released. And we`re wondering is that protocol to keep those polygraph results private or are cops keeping secrets in order to help catch who is responsible for Isabel`s disappearance?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There is a lot of information, but unfortunately, we`re not able to share that for you -- with you, because it is of a sensitive nature.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Tomorrow, it will have been two weeks since anyone has seen Isabel. And again, I just spoke to Isabel`s uncle in an exclusive interview moments ago.


LOUIS RODRIGUEZ, UNCLE OF ISABEL CELIS: We don`t know anybody who would even think about doing something like that and especially the family. The family is very close and there`s really no reason why anybody would want to commit something -- some type of act like that.



Straight out to our producer on the ground, Selin Darkalstanian, who got that interview for us with the uncle; good work out there Selin. And I know you are all over the story. You also noticed apparently in the back of Isabel`s home in the alley there is a surveillance camera and you took a photograph of it and there it is pointing, it would appear, anyway, toward the sky and you sent us this picture of -- put this in perspective for us.

SELIN DARKALSTANIAN: Jane, their house faces -- the back of their house faces an alley so if you were just walking or driving in the alley you see that surveillance camera. There are no trees around the house. There`s nothing around the house. It`s actually just an open sky and the surveillance camera that we noticed just a few days ago is facing up toward the sky.

So you have to wonder, did somebody move it? Was it always like that? I mean that video could have been crucial in capturing somebody jumping over the gate through the alley and jumping into the backyard and going to Isabel`s window. But again, as you see, the camera just faces up so who knows how long has it been like that?

Have cops taken video from it and they`re just not saying. Did somebody move that knowing something like that was going to happen? We don`t know, but it is very interesting that that camera is there on this house facing the alley.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: And again, that`s the house of the Celis family?

DARKALSTANIAN: Yes. That is their house. Their house faces an alley. It`s a corner house on the street. So that camera faces an alley, and their house is the most secure house on this block. If you look at this block, if someone was to walk down this block their house is look a fortress. They had huge walls around the house so somebody would have to jump the gate and get in whereas all of the other houses you can just walk straight up to the windows.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: So it would be even harder to abduct a child from that house.

DARKALSTANIAN: Exactly. Why that house if it was random?

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Great work out there, Selin. I mean you`re doing detective work, I would say. Now, cops have been all over the place in this investigation. They haven`t ruled anybody out as a suspect. They`re looking -- wow, in Mexico for Isabel.

They are also looking at this other child`s sexual assault that occurred 10 miles away earlier this week where this predator burst into a room with three young girls, one of them the same age as little Isabel, and sexually assaulted at least one of them.

Isabel`s family talking to the "Today" show for the first time, answering questions. Here`s what the father said on NBC`s "Today".


CELIS: She had a baseball game early the next morning and Becky braided her hair up so she was going to be ready for her early morning. And I was asking her if she was hungry and she just had that little sleepy look as she was walking by and she just said "No, dad, I`m tired" and she was just walking by.

She is so full of life and she is just so wonderful. We do miss her so much and her brothers miss her so much.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Mark Eiglarsh, criminal defense attorney, you heard that "she was" -- "she is", he corrects himself there; do you see anything significant about that whatsoever?

MARK EIGLARSH, CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY: No. And at this point I continue to defend them. I mean dear help all of us if we`re ever in those shoes and people are analyzing left and right. And the reason why we are, Jane, fortunately is because we don`t have enough information and that`s great.

I am so encouraged that these investigators continue to hold information close to the vest because in my experience very few things compromise an investigation more than them dumping out information which makes wonderful JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL ISSUES shows but compromises investigations.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, you know, I worked through my issues so they dropped the ISSUES.

EIGLARSH: I`m old school.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Obviously you still think I have issues, which I do. You never fully work out your issues.

EIGLARSH: One day at a time, Jane.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes. One day at a time. Exactly.

Wendy Walsh, psychologist, people have been making a lot of the fact that the father said "she was" -- and then he corrected "she is", is that fair? And is it also fair to question why they haven`t been through doing interviews like talking to every local news reporter out there?

Many people have said and called and said if it were my kid I would be out there talking to every camera and everybody with a tape recorder. I can tell you that I know people often become petrified, absolutely petrified and frozen when you ask them to do interviews. But you would think that a missing child would overcome any kind of shyness that you might have?

WENDY WALSH, PSYCHOLOGIST: Well, you know, I think it`s also a damned if you do, damned if you do. If you do too much press then people are saying, they doth protest too much. Maybe they`re out there trying to spin their lives. So you`re going to get criticized no matter what.

And as far as "was" or "is", remember this is a time of great confusion. They don`t know if their daughter`s alive or not. They`re holding out hope, but what they`re saying is when they use past tense and "was" I`m thinking they`re thinking the last time they saw her, she was -- you know, she was happy. She was loving. She was sleepy that night. That doesn`t mean she`s passed away. But it`s a confusing time.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes. And let`s go into some of the nitty-gritty of this case. The parents told cops they last saw Isabel 11:00 p.m. Friday April 20th. They tucked her into bed or as she was headed to bed for a baseball game the next morning. The next morning Isabel`s mom leaves for work at 7:30 a.m. And half hour later the dad goes to wake Isabel up and says he finds her missing.

Now many wonder how the parents didn`t hear anything suspicious if the child had been abducted. Check this out from ABC`s "GMA".


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Inside the Celis` house a look at the floor plan on file with the city shows how someone could have snatched Isabel from her room without her parents hearing anything. Their bedroom is across the 2,300 square-foot home in a corner on the opposite side of the house.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Additionally the neighbor who lives near Isabel`s room said she heard the Celis` dogs barking furiously at 6:30 a.m. and men`s voices.

So Marc Klaas, again, it is so easy to play sort of armchair quarterback and analyze all of this, but is there any concern that they did not hear anything apparently that was enough to make them wake up and intervene?

MARC KLAAS, FOUNDER, KLAASKIDS FOUNDATION: Listen, Jane, in my daughter Polly`s case her mother was sleeping a mere six feet away in another room. And this guy came in to the bedroom and had a conversation with the girls, tied up her girlfriends and then stole Polly. Polly`s mom slept through that entire thing. They may have been in deep sleep. I don`t think we can draw anything from this at all.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: All right. Let`s go out to the phone lines. Nancy, Massachusetts. Your question or thought, Nancy.

NANCY, MASSACHUSETTS (via telephone): Hi, Jane. How are you?

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Fine, thanks.

NANCY: I`d like to thank you for all you do to be the voice of these children that are missing.


NANCY: Secondly, I`d like to say, the dog. The family has a dog that never barked. So it kind of like makes me suspicious that it might be someone that they knew that had been in that house that knew the dog, like a family member or someone close to the family.

And third, everybody`s picking at these people, you know. I`m the person of a crime. I`m the survivor of a crime and I know before then I would nitpick. But now after it happened to me you couldn`t get me to talk.



NANCY: But you know what; everybody reacts differently to each situation. I just hope they find her.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Nancy, you make excellent point, Nancy.

Steve Moore, we`re going to give you the last word. The dogs were barking, but it`s possible that I`d like to know if there was anyone else in the house, any other relative, Steve?

STEVE MOORE, WWW.GMANCASEFILE.COM: Yes. I think that`s something that they really have to look at here because now you have to spread the net out a little bit farther.

Maybe it`s not the parents. Maybe it`s -- it could still be relatives. Maybe it could be somebody that you`ve never even thought of that could be a relative that knew her. You can`t let everybody in the family escape scrutiny, and it could be somebody that the dog knew.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: I`ve got to say that this is the most perplexing case to come down in a while. It really is. And let`s not forget one other thing that a police dog hit in or around the home which is another wrinkle that again, so many things pointing in so many different directions and police do have their work cut out for them.

And I think that I`m guessing we`re going to see more developments especially next week. That`s my prediction.

On the other side of the break -- Deion Sanders.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This already very bitter and very public divorce just took another nasty turn.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The estranged wife of former NFL star Deion Sanders was arrested last night on domestic violence charges.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Guess who is on a divorce collision course?

PILAR SANDERS, EX-WIFE OF DEION SANDERS: And I just haven`t been given a fair shake.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I believe that tweet shows Deion Sanders` kids filling out some police reports.

P. SANDERS: Not many are interested in what a house mother has to say.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Deion claims she broke into their home and attacked him.

P. SANDERS: I am innocent.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Oh, my gosh. I can`t keep up. Tonight charges filed against football great Deion Sanders as his divorce battle escalates into a full-on war. Who hit whom? Deion all smiles walking into court, all alone. But once inside, he accused his wife of domestic violence. The estranged wife Pilar was far from alone. She was flanked by a small army of attorneys. They couldn`t wait to tell the world their side of the story.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We`re looking going to -- we`re looking for the truth.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We look forward to telling her story.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Look at this. She`s wearing a sling to support her bandaged right hand which her friend says was injured when Deion hit her with a statue. What?

Deion maintains his absolute innocence. Watch this from "GMA".


DEION SANDERS, FORMER NFL PLAYER: Trust me, and I can put this on my mom, I never touched her. Never did anything derogatory to her in front of the kids and never will.

Thank god, fortunately that both of my sons witnessed the whole thing, unfortunately that they did but fortunately I have witnesses and they testified and wrote statements out to the police. And I can`t wait for those statements to come out so everyone can see the truth.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: A week ago Pilar was arrested for assault but today Deion got charged with criminal mischief. The D.A. won`t comment on what it means but some reports claim it`s because Deion allegedly purportedly smashed a camera with some evidence on it during a melee with his estranged wife Pilar.

Reporter, JD Miles, you were in court today. I can`t figure this out. My head`s spinning. Is this divorce court, family court, criminal court? What the heck is going?

JD MILES, REPORTER: You know, Jane, there`s a lot of ground to cover in this case. In fact this hearing, it`s 7:00 p.m. almost in the Dallas- Fort Worth area. This hearing is still going on behind us now. The judge keeping things going with more than a dozen attorneys involved in this.

A hearing that was supposed to last today is of course, going to drag out now for about three days in this very public divorce court showdown between Deion Sanders, the NFL hall of famer and his estranged wife Pilar.

Today there were very vicious allegations thrown back and forth; each parent accusing the other of being either absentee or abusive with Deion being labeled an adulterous, unfaithful husband who was absent from his children; to Pilar, his wife being labeled as abusive. And charges they both deny.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Unbelievable. Tanya Young Williams, Huff Po contributor. These two had a reality show. By the way, I have to say, Pilar looks marvelous aside from the sling. I mean she really looks put together. To me, this is just another example of when you commoditize your marriage by having a reality TV show everything goes to hell in a hand basket.

TANYA YOUNG WILLIAMS, CONTRIBUTOR, HUFFINGTON POST: Hi, Jane. Well, I`m also a celebrity spokesperson for the National Domestic Violence Hotline. And far more important to me than the reality show and how it might have affected their relationship is the fact that domestic violence is not a joking matter and the victims of this situation are the children.

Both of the parents` actions are absolutely deplorable and the fact that Deion saying it`s ok that his children saw it because they are now his witnesses speaks volumes to what level of importance he gives on his children`s emotional and psychological well-being.

This matter is going to affect their children for a very long time. They need to get it together, and get it together, figure it out for the sake of the children.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: I agree with you 100 percent. And the kids are being dragged into this. I mean, the little boys had to fill out a police report. The little girl has been sleeping in a locked room reportedly with her mom while the boys spent time with dad. It`s a mess and my heart goes out to these kids. Excellent point Tanya Young Williams.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: One of my "Jane`s Adventures" coming up next, but first we deserve a laugh break, don`t we?






VELEZ-MITCHELL: Hi, I`m back here in Los Angeles, visiting my old haunt -- the co-op in Santa Monica. And I got to tell you, this is my favorite place on the planet to shop for food. It makes food shopping an adventure. Come on, let`s check it out.

KEN ROBENSON, BUSINESSMAN: I got free mandarins. This is beautiful. I come here every other day. I like to help a little --

COLETTE ROMERO, DIRECTOR: The money that we make here stays in this local economy.

ROBENSON: We do have specials pretty frequently actually. So that is helpful. I don`t mind saving money, it`s ok.

ROMERO: Then we pass on the savings to our member. We also offer discount days, we offer member on (inaudible)

ROBENSON: I hand them my card. And they say that`s a dollar off. That`s 50 cents off. And it adds up.

ROMERO: We are open to the public.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: So you can check it out. You don`t have to decide. It`s not a life or death decision. Check it out. See if you like the co- op.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I love shopping here. And I want to add that I`m not a member, but just from listening to the conversation I`m ready to join.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Ok. Guess what, we got another member here.

You can come to the co-op for just about everything, not just food. I`m talking for soap, shampoo, body lotions, toothpaste, et cetera. You can get all your cleaning products here and they are environmentally sensitive. They`re not filled with as many toxic chemicals. And of course, recycled.

You`ve got recycled paper products?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, because I prefer to do well for the environment.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We have so many different bulk items.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Take a look at everything you`ve got here. I mean it`s just extraordinary.

When you get something in a box, you don`t know what`s in there really. You`re taking somebody`s word for it. But here, you get to look. Look, organic cherries. Look at that -- golden berries. Organic tropical mangoes. And these are so darn sweet you want need to eat candies or processed sugar.

My very favorite things are these organic coconut date rolls. And these are so darn delicious. They`ve got dates, they`ve got coconut. And they`re like candy except that it`s really, they`re good for you.

Pink Himalayan (inaudible), coarse granulated crystal. Look how beautiful this is. You get to really kind of feel like you`re kind of in an adventure. It`s not just that you`re a consumer, you`re an adventurer. I just love it.

I`m here with a customer of the co-op, and what is your name?


VELEZ-MITCHELL: And what are you eating Megan?


VELEZ-MITCHELL: And I understand they`re organic strawberries. Do you know what organic means?




VELEZ-MITCHELL: That`s what most people say when you ask them about organic.

ROMERO: We shop primarily for organics; number one buying priority is for organics across the board.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: That means there`s no pesticides and chemicals on these fruits and veggies, here. A lot of people say it is too expensive to eat organics. And I say nonsense. Exhibit, this cabbage, $1.49 and I will top that with this (inaudible) which is only 79 cents a pound.

We`re now entering my favorite section of the supermarket. And it is the Vegan section. Mayonnaise that has no mayo in it; and cheese that has no cheese in it. But I have to say, I say they`re alternatives because this is stuff I eat. It`s delicious.

People have this idea of the co-op. They think everybody`s sort of doing swirling dervishes. You`re a business guy.

ROBENSON: You don`t have to be a total hippie to come here. You can be a suit and tie person like myself.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: When I came here at the co-op I always used to run into friends.

And it was a sense of I`m not just shopping, I`m being a part of my neighborhood.

I just made a new friend at the co-op.

ROBENSON: See, you`re making friends everywhere.


ROMERO: Recently, there`s been a whole new wave of more co-ops getting started. In the last six years, there`s been 60 new food retail co-ops that got started. 20 in just the last year alone.

ROBENSON: Wherever you are, if you`re in Boulder, if you`re here, if you`re somewhere else, join your local co-op. It`s completely worth it, not just for the environment, but for you, yourself.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Save the planet. Save money. Save packaging. Save, save, save and have a blast. Join your local co-op.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: I was a member of the Santa Monica co-op for years and I love going back when I`m back in L.A. And you know, I always run into friends. So you can actually go to and find a co-op near you. That`s And by the way, I`m going to continue this conversation on my Facebook, Jane Velez Mitchell Facebook page, immediately following the show.

"Nancy Grace" up next.