N.M. man arrested in connection to abduction, death of 11-year-old Navajo girl

Posted at 5:33 PM, May 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-03 22:33:54-04

SAN JUAN COUNTY, N.M. — A 27-year-old man has been arrested in connection to the abduction and death of an 11-year-old Navajo girl, authorities confirmed Tuesday night.

Tom Begaye, of Waterflow, N.M., will make a court appearance in Farmington, N.M., Wednesday.

Begaye is accused of abducting Ashlynne Mike from Fruitland, N.M., Monday afternoon. Her body was found 18 miles west near Shiprock, N.M., about six miles south of the Shiprock Monument, according to FBI authorities.

The FBI is investigating this case along with the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety, New Mexico State Police, San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, Farmington Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service.