Arizona private investigator looks into state's biggest cases

Posted at 8:41 PM, Apr 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-08 01:31:34-04

Kelly Townsend has spent more than 20 years investigating missing children, criminal and domestic cases and leading the investigations into some of the biggest mysteries in our state.

The seasoned private eye has searched for Jesse Wilson in Buckeye and tried to piece together clues into why Isabel Celis disappeared five years ago. 

"When it comes to a kid there's not a lot of lines I won't cross," Townsend said.

He’s investigated everything from cheating spouses to criminal cases, but he admits his specialty is missing children. He takes each case personal because of his own role as a father of a three.

"If anything were to happen to them, I would want somebody like me and the people I know to find them and to be out there hunting them," Townsend said.

He’s searched for children in nearly every terrain and across the world. One of his biggest challenges is solving cases that start online.

“Nowadays a lot of it has to do with online dating scams or Facebook. They said they're one person and they're not that person and they lure the child out," Townsend said.

The Celis case especially hit Townsend hard. He’s upset at how the case is turning out after her remains were found five years after her disappearance. He said he’s close with her family and will attend her funeral.