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The Navajo Nation - Office of the President and Vice President

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer offer their heartfelt condolences to the family of four-year-old Anndine Jones, a member of the Navajo Nation who is believed to have been found deceased after she went missing nearly three weeks ago in the Navajo community of Aneth, Utah. Searchers found her body in McElmo Creek on Wednesday.

The parents of the child tentatively identified her, however, positive identification is pending from the Office of the Medical Examiner, according to the Navajo Police Department. Throughout the search efforts, law enforcement officers have maintained that foul play did not appear to be a factor in the child’s disappearance.

“As a father, it’s very heartbreaking to hear of the loss of baby Anndine. We know that her family loves her very much and we want them to know that they are in our thoughts and prayers,” said President Nez.

Last Friday, President Nez and several Navajo Police Officers visited with the family at their residence in Aneth to offer assistance and prayers for the child’s parents, siblings, and relatives.

“It’s devastating to learn of Anndine’s passing. We will continue to pray for strength and comfort for her family, especially for her parents and siblings,” Vice President Lizer said.

Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety Executive Director Jesse Delmar said the Navajo Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Utah medical authorities responded to the scene and continue to carefully evaluate the case.

“We continue to work this case daily with hopes to bring closure as soon as we can. Our prayers are continuously with the family and the community of Aneth,” stated Delmar.

The Nez-Lizer Administration thanks all of the law enforcement officers, first responders, and many search volunteers who devoted their time and resources to assist in the search effort.

“We are very grateful and appreciative to everyone who helped in this effort. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” added President Nez.

The case is being investigated by the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. No further details are available at this time.

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