Authorities have temporarily halted efforts to find 4-year-old Anndine Jones in San Juan County after three days of ground and water searches. According to a press release issued Sunday by the Navajo Police Department, the halt “will allow public safety to organize and secure additional resources for subsequent search efforts.”
FOX 13 reports that Anndine had been at her home near Aneth and Montezuma Creek on Thursday when she disappeared. According to a missing person flier from the Navajo Police Department, authorities found Anndine’s footprints along McElmo Creek near her home. She was last seen wearing a light blue shirt and dark blue pants.
The Navajo Nation Amber Alert system was not activated because according to the press release, there are no indications that Jones was abducted. She is, however, listed with the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) as a missing person.
Community volunteers will continue organizing search teams, and the Navajo Police Department said it will remain in the area to investigate any leads generated by the volunteers.
Anyone with information should call the department’s Shiprock (New Mexico) district office at 505-368-1350 or 1351.
“We are thankful of the overwhelming amount of support and resources that we received throughout the search. We want to thank our local, state, federal partners, volunteers, and the donations made to help us in covering the terrain in finding this little girl,” Chief of Police Phillip Francisco said. “We extend our gratitude and appreciation to the volunteers who covered miles of ground terrain along the creek and riverbed and to the community who donated food and supplies for the volunteers.”
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