27-Year-Old Navajo Man Arrested in Abduction & Death of Ashlynee Mike on Navajo Nation

Ashlynne Mike

Ashlynne Mike

Published May 4, 2016

FARMINGTON, NEW MEXICO –  A Waterflow, New Mexico, man was arrested Tuesday in connection with the abduction and death of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike.

Tom Begaye, 27, is scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge B. Paul Briones in Farmington on Wednesday.

Ashlynne’s body was found Tuesday morning approximately 6 miles south of the Shiprock Monument. She had been abducted in the Fruitland area Monday afternoon.

The FBI is investigating this case with the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety, New Mexico State Police, San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, Farmington Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service.

No further information will be released until after Begaye’s court appearance.

The public is reminded that defendants are presumed innocent unless convicted in a court of law.

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