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FBI cold case posters being translated into Navajo language

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Posted at 10:47 PM, Dec 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-28 00:47:02-05

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities are incorporating the Navajo language in a bid to find leads in cold cases on or near the country's largest Native American reservation.

KOAT-TV in Albuquerque reported Thursday that the FBI has begun a new initiative to release posters on decades-old homicides and missing persons cases that are translated into Navajo.

The posters include details of an incident, physical descriptions of victims, photos and possible age progressions.

FBI spokesman Frank Fisher says the agency is hopeful that seeing details in their own language may jog people's memories. He also says the posters can reach people on the Navajo Nation who don't have access to television or the internet.

This initiative has been in the works for the past year, but its rollout was delayed by the coronavirus, according to Fisher.