Abduction, murder leaves Navajo community heartbroken
SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) — The stranger walked with 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike into the hills of a remote area of the Navajo Nation known for its breathtaking views and the monolithic rock outcropping that stands as a beacon for miles.
But as the sun faded, the stranger returned alone, only a crowbar tucked in his jacket. The girl was nowhere to be seen; her body was found several hours later.
Meanwhile, distraught and scared, her 9-year-old brother started to run and kept running for more than two miles toward the lights he could see on the highway in the distance until a passer-by scooped him up and took him to police.
“He was so tired and just crying and crying for his sister. It was really hard for the FBI to get any information from him,” said the children’s aunt, Darrell Foster-Joe, as she recounted what the boy eventually told authorities. …