Body found in McElmo Creek believed to be missing child


According to the Navajo Division of Public Safety:

Aneth, Utah – The Navajo Division of Public Safety believes that the body of missing four year old child Anndine Jones has been recovered from the McElmo Creek this evening.

McElmo Creek is located near Cortez, CO.

Jones has been missing since Thursday March 14, 2019. This caused extensive search efforts to be made by the community and public safety entities from the Navajo Nation and area counties and municipalities. Today, volunteer searchers discovered Jones in the Creek north of the Aneth community.

Jones was tentatively identified by her parents. Positive identification is pending from the Office of the Medical Examiner.

Navajo Police Chief Phillip Francisco stated “This has been a difficult time for everyone involved. At this time, we ask for the public’s patience and understanding. Details will be limited in the forthcoming days as the investigation continues. As protocol, the Navajo Division of Public Safety is investigating with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. We ask that the public continue to keep the family in their thoughts and prayers as they navigate through this difficult time.”

This case is being investigated by the Navajo Division of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

No further details are available at this time.

The Family issued a statement on their facebook page.

We, the family of missing four-year-old Anndine Jones, are heartbroken to announce that the search for Anndine has come to an end. After a 21-day search, her body was found along McElmo Creek, three miles south of our family’s home, by searchers Kevin and Christian Day of Layton, Utah at approximately 6:15 PM Wednesday April 3, 2019.

We have no further information at this time. The Navajo Nation Police Department – Shiprock District and San Juan County Utah Sheriffs Department are conducting the investigation.

Anndine “Cookie” Jones will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. She brought such joy to our family, and will forever live on in our hearts and memories.

We would like to thank everyone near and far who supported our efforts in searching for our baby girl. At this time, we ask that everyone please respect our privacy as we grieve together as a family. Thank you.



The Navajo Post Newspaper is a Native American community newspaper that serve the Four Corners in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado and Navajo Nation. Submit a news tip

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