SHIPROCK, N.M. (KRQE) – The search for a missing child has come to an end as Navajo Nation police confirm the body of Kyron Kelewood has been found. Kelewood went missing Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Shiprock.
The 21-month-old child’s body was discovered by search teams Friday morning around 11:15 a.m.
“We find strength and solace in the power of participation of our community and the commitment of all first responders as we bring closure to the family,” said Chief of Police Phillip Francisco in a news release.
Police received a call Thursday afternoon from a resident in the area of Horseshoe Canyon. The caller told police a severely dehydrated woman came to her house stating she had left her children near the canyon in a remote location nine miles from milepost 95 off of Highway 491.
According to police, at the time of Kelewood’s disappearance, he was known to be with his mother, an infant child, and an adult male who police say has no immediate relationship to the mother and children. A vehicle carrying the adults and children got stuck in the area Wednesday night.
When officers arrived to meet with the mother, she took them to the location where she left her children where an infant was discovered and was immediately taken to the hospital. Authorities say an adult male was found shortly after.
Kelewood was not found in the area where he was last seen. An investigation into Kyron Kelewood’s disappearance continued Friday morning as volunteers in the Shiprock community gathered at the Shiprock Chapterhouse for a search team assignment and briefing.
Details of when Kyron was separated from the rest of his family is still under investigation.
The Navajo Division of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are leading the investigation into the disappearance and death of Kyron Kelewood.