Search underway on Navajo Nation for missing 3-year-old girl

Search underway on Navajo Nation for missing 3-year-old girl

ANETH, Utah (AP) —

The Latest on the search for a missing 3-year-old girl on the Navajo Nation (all times local):

8:20 p.m.

Navajo Nation authorities say they have yet to find a missing 3-year-old girl who reportedly wandered away from her home in southeastern Utah.

Navajo police say officers searched for Andanndine Jones until nightfall Friday without locating her. The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, Montezuma Creek Fire and Rescue and volunteers have helped in the search effort that began Thursday afternoon following the girl’s disappearance.

The search for her is expected to resume Saturday morning.

In a statement Friday evening, a police spokeswoman said the search has been focused on an area along the bank of a creek.

A Navajo Nation Council spokesman says dogs had been observed barking there.

He says the location is several miles from where the creek feeds into the San Juan River.

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12:20 p.m.

Authorities on the Navajo Nation are searching in extreme southeastern Utah for a missing 3-year-old girl.

The Navajo Police Department said its officers and personnel from the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office and Montezuma Creek Fire and Rescue began searching late Thursday for Andanndine Jones.

Statements issued by the Police Department and the Navajo Nation Council said the search continued into Thursday night and that over 100 volunteers joined the effort Friday.

Circumstances of the girl’s disappearance weren’t immediately clear but council spokesman Carl Slater said reports from the scene indicated that searchers focused initial efforts along a runoff-swollen creek where dogs were observed barking toward the water.

Slater said the location was several miles from where the creek feeds into the San Juan River.