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Man arrested in connection with girl's killing

Posted at 9:25 PM, May 03, 2016

Authorities have arrested a 27-year-old man in the abduction and death of an 11-year-old Navajo girl in northwestern New Mexico.

The FBI says Tom Begaye of Waterflow, New Mexico, was arrested Tuesday evening.

The agency says that Begaye was arrested in connection with the abduction and death of Ashlynne Mike.

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

Authorities say Ashlynee was lured into a maroon van Monday after school, and her younger brother went along.

The boy was found later Monday after running to a local highway, and a frantic search for Ashlynne ensured. Her body was found Tuesday in a remote area south of the Shiprock monument.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has pledged state resources to help with the criminal case.

Navajo Nation President has called for prayers and sympathy for Ashlynne's family. Candlight vigils are scheduled Tuesday evening.