6 year old Isabel Celis was reported kidnapped last week. Her parents did not speak to media to address the kidnapper for almost a week and now has spoken to national television. They have reportedly taken a polygraph, but have refused to divulge the results.
Analysis Question: Did Sergio deny involvement in his daughter, Isabel Celis's disappearance?
Please note that Statement Analysis does not interpret what one says, it listens.
Rule: If a subject cannot bring himself to say he is not involved, we cannot say it for him.
Interviewer : You know, there is no easy way to ask this question, but because this is your first live television interview, sergio , let me ask you this question. what do you want to say about questions about whether you had anything to do with your daughter's disappearance?
This allows the subject to give his opinion on the question of him being involved.
Sergio : gosh. 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. she deserves to be home. she deserves to be home in her room playing with her brothers and just loving life the way she does. this is -- there's so many things that are just so frustrating and so difficult to deal with.
This is the most important question and it allows him to speak to the suspicion of: Were you involved?
His answer now, with Statement Analysis. Remember, it is easy for him to say "I am not involved" or "I didn't do it..." Statement Analysis lets him speak for himself:
Gosh. I wish I knew where to begin.
Note that he only "wishes" he knew where to begin his answer. A good place to begin is to deny any involvement in her disappearance. It is easy and is not sensitive.
He does begin with the first person singular.
We are so frustrated to try to understand why this is happening, why this had to happen, why Isabel had to be targeted.
Note that he changes from the first person singular, "I" to the plural "we"; this should be carefully noted as he is to be answering a question for himself.
He expresses their frustration as to "why" this is happening, "why" it had to happen, and "why" Isabel "had" to be targeted.
He does not, however, answer the question.
Saying that Isabel "had" to be targeted may be in reference to the fact that it was only this night that she slept in her bedroom as previously she slept with her brothers.
We just don't understand that.
He continues to avoid the answer; and he continues to answer a question for himself.
And to whomever did this, please, look at her. look at her.
The sentence begins with "And" indicating that there is missing information. Please note that he only wants the kidnapper to look at her, repeatedly, indicating looking, or seeing Isabel, is a sensitive topic. This should lead investigators to wonder if her appearance was marred.
Reference to her appearance, as this is in reference to "looking" at her.
She doesn't deserve this.
Note "this" is close to the subject. What is it that she does not deserve?
She deserves to be home. She deserves to be home in her room playing with her brothers
and just loving life the way she does.
Note the word "deserves" is repeated three times, making this a very sensitive word (and topic) to the father.
This is -- there's so many things that are just so frustrating and so difficult to deal with.
Please note that the subject has not told us that he is not involved in Isabel's disappearance and unless he does it, we cannot say it for him.
He is frustrated but does not say he wants her back. He wants to know "why" but not "how", and makes no reference to denying involvement.