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Ashlynne Mike Suspect Arrested in Death of Navajo Girl Kidnapped Off Reservation

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Wednesday, 04 May 2016 10:02 AM

An Ashlynne Mike suspect has been arrested, and an FBI spokesman and Navajo Nation statement have implicated him in the death of the 11-year-old girl who was kidnapped from the Navajo reservation in New Mexico over the weekend, Reuters reported.

Tom Begaye, 27, will appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Briones in Farmington on Wednesday, two days after Mike and her 9-year-old brother were abducted, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesman Frank Fisher and a statement released by the Navajo Nation.

The children were kidnapped after school near the community of San Juan, New Mexico, by a man driving a van who offered them a ride, authorities said.

The boy, Ian Mike, was found walking along a highway around 7:15 p.m. and taken to the police department in Shiprock, the largest town on the Navajo Nation. He reported the man had taken his sister, Fisher and the Navajo Nation said.

The boy told the police the driver took them toward the Shiprock pinnacle — a rock hill that is a landmark on the Navajo Nation — hit a dead end and released the boy, telling him to go home, the Navajo Nation said.

The girl's body was discovered on Tuesday morning, less than 8 miles (13 km) south of the landmark, Fisher said.

Dozens of law enforcement officers took part in the search for the girl, Fisher said.

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An Ashlynne Mike suspect has been arrested, and an FBI spokesman and Navajo Nation statement have implicated him in the death of the 11-year-old girl who was kidnapped from the Navajo reservation in New Mexico over the weekend, Reuters reported.
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