UPDATE: Navajo Nation Police cancel Amber Alert, children found and suspect arrested

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FRIDAY 7/9/2021 5:58 a.m.

ANETH, Utah (ABC4) – An Amber Alert issued for two missing children out of Aneth, Utah, has been canceled.

Thursday evening, the Navajo Division of Public Safety issued the Amber Alert after two young children were reportedly taken by their father, 35-year-old Brandon Begay, from their home north of Aneth earlier in the day.

At around 8 p.m., Utahns were notified of the alert. By around 2 a.m. Friday morning, both children had been located.

Navajo Police say the children were found, unharmed, in a remote area south of Dolores, Colorado.

According to investigators, authorities were able to locate the children using cellphone tracking, which led them to the remote area. There, they found the vehicle involved.

While the suspect allegedly abandoned the vehicle and fled with the children, local residents were able to help law enforcement establish an area to search where the suspect may be located.

Once authorities again located the children and suspect, they were able to take the children and arrest the suspect without incident. According to police, the children have been united with their mother and family in Cortez, Colorado.

Officers from the Navajo Police Department had to be temporarily cross-deputized to help search for the children and suspect in Colorado. The FBI also assisted in the search.

ORIGINAL STORY: Navajo Nation issues Amber Alert for 2 children abducted out of Aneth

THURSDAY 7/8/2021 8:17 p.m.

ANETH, Utah (ABC4) – The Navajo Division of Public Safety has issued an Amber Alert for two children abducted out of Aneth, Utah.

According to Navajo Nation officials, the two children, 16-month-old Bailey Begay and 3-month-old Braidin Begay, were taken by their father, 35-year-old Brandon Begay from their home 15 miles north of Aneth, Utah around 4:21 p.m.

“The children were last seen leaving their residence with the suspect, Brandon Begay, who is the father of the missing children who were reported to have made threats of self-harm,” Navajo Nation officials said in a news release.

It is unknown where the three may have gone, but are possibly traveling towards Cortez, Colorado, Moab, Utah, Telluride, Colorado, or the Delores, Colorado mountain area.

The children are believed to be in danger if they are not located, officials said.

16-month-old Bailey Begay is described as 2-feet-tall, weighs 25 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. She was last seen wearing a spaghetti strap shirt and blue jeans.

3-month-old Braidin Begay is described as 1-foot-tall, weighs between 11 and 12 pounds, with brown eyes, short, black hair. It is unknown what he was wearing when he was taken.

Officials believe Brandon Begay is driving a “brown over white” 2005 Ford F-250 with an extended cab and a temporary Arizona plate.

If you have any information on their whereabouts, you are asked to contact the Navajo Police Department Shiprock District at 505-368-1350 or 505-368-1351 or call 911.

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