Amber Alert canceled on Navajo Nation as 2 children located unharmed, suspect arrested


NAVAJO NATION (KRQE) – The Navajo Police Department reports that an Amber Alert has been canceled early Friday morning after two missing children have been located. Around 2 a.m. police say Bailey and Braidin Begay were located and found unharmed in a remote area south of Dolores, Colorado. They have since been reunited with their mother and family in Cortez, Colorado.

An Amber Alert was initially issued Thursday evening for three-month-old Braidin and 16-month-old Bailey after authorities reported the two young children were abducted on the Navajo Nation in southeastern Utah. The Navajo Police Department says at approximately 4:21 p.m. on Thursday the children were reported missing by their mother and were taken from their home 15 miles north of Aneth store in Aneth, Utah.

Navajo Police had reported that Bailey and Braidin Begay were taken by their father, 35-year-old Brandon Begay who authorities say made threats of harming himself before leaving their residence with the children. Police state Brandon Begay has been arrested without incident.

A Navajo Nation Amber Alert for the missing children was deployed Thursday by the Navajo Department of Emergency Management who also used cell phone tracking resources that led law enforcement to the Dolores, Colorado area as the possible location the suspect had traveled to. The Navajo Police Department states the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Highway Patrol, and state and federal partners were notified and the suspect’s vehicle was located.

Brandon Begay reportedly abandoned the vehicle and fled with the children however, local residents were able to provide information that helped law enforcement to create a grid search of where they believed the suspect would be. Authorities say additional resources were deployed to assist in the search which included helicopter support. Brandon Begay has since been arrested.

The Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office, the Navajo Police Department, San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, Navajo Department of Emergency Management, San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, FBI, and Navajo Department of Criminal Investigation all aided in the search and rescue.

Image of truck is for reference only but has temporary Arizona tag number | Image courtesy Navajo Police Department

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