Navajo authorities say abducted girl found dead

This undated photo provided by the New Mexico State Police shows Ashlynn Mike. Mike who was last seen late Monday, May 2, 2016 on Navajo Route 36, was abducted by an unknown Native American man driving a maroon van. (New Mexico State Police via AP)
This undated photo provided by the New Mexico State Police shows Ashlynn Mike. Mike who was last seen late Monday, May 2, 2016 on Navajo Route 36, was abducted by an unknown Native American man driving a maroon van. (New Mexico State Police via AP)
This undated photo provided by the New Mexico State Police shows Ashlynn Mike. Mike who was last seen late Monday, May 2, 2016 on Navajo Route 36, was abducted by an unknown Native American man driving a maroon van. (New Mexico State Police via AP)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — 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.

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