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Official: Navajo girl found dead

Posted at 11:17 AM, May 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-04 01:17:50-04

FARMINGTON, NM - The Navajo Nation's public safety director says an 11-year-old girl who was kidnapped from the reservation in New Mexico has been found dead.

Authorities had been searching by air and ground for Ashlynne Mike, who was abducted by a man believed to be a stranger Monday afternoon.

Jesse Delmar, the tribe's public safety division director, says the girl's body was found Tuesday morning in Shiprock, near a rock formation that the town is named for.

Delmar says Ashlynne's family has been notified.

Authorities say she was last seen on Navajo Route 36 and that her kidnapper was driving a maroon van.

The search for the girl included federal, tribal, state and county officers on the ground as well as a New Mexico State Police helicopter.