The FBI and Navajo Nation Police are investigating the murder of an 11-year-old Navajo girl whose body was found off a dirt road Tuesday morning near Shiprock, New Mexico.
Ashlynne Mike and her brother, Ian Mike, were abducted Monday afternoon after getting off the school bus in the Navajo community of Lower Fruitland, New Mexico, according to reports. Ian was found in Red Valley, Arizona, according to a Facebook post from the family.
An Amber Alert was issued for Ashlynne at 2:27 a.m. Tuesday. The alert said Ashlynne was last seen late Monday afternoon on Navajo Route 36, and that she had been abducted by a man driving a maroon van.
Federal, tribal, state and local law enforcement officers joined the search. Ashlynne’s body was discovered at around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.
The FBI has set up a command station in Shiprock, and a search continues for the suspect.
“We are still looking for the suspect,” Frank Fisher, an FBI spokesman, said in a statement. “Now it’s a murder case.”
A press release from the New Mexico State Police states that officers are looking for a man in his late 30s, wearing a baseball cap and driving a maroon van with tinted windows and a New Mexico license plate. The van was last seen at 4 p.m. Monday, near mile marker 13 on Navajo Route 36 near the San Juan Chapter.
ICTMN will continue to report on any updates as this story develops.