May 3, 2016 / 7:07 PM / in a year

Girl kidnapped on Navajo Reservation in New Mexico found dead

(Reuters) - An 11-year-old girl abducted on the Navajo Reservation in northwest New Mexico was found dead on Tuesday and the man suspected of kidnapping her is still at large, an FBI spokesman said.

Ashlynne Mike’s body was discovered less than 8 miles (13 km) south of Shiprock Monument, a rock hill that is a landmark on the Navajo Nation, said Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesman Frank Fisher.

Dozens of law enforcement officers had taken part in the search since the girl was abducted on Monday in San Juan County on the Navajo Reservation, Fisher said.

“They’re more determined than ever now to try to find who did it,” Fisher said.

Fisher declined to release certain details about the case, such as the exact location of the abduction and whether Mike’s body had any signs of trauma.

The suspected abductor was driving a maroon van, he said.

Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by Frances Kerry

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