The Navajo Nation will now issue AMBER Alerts through the New Mexico Child Abduction Alert System. The state would also notify Arizona and Utah if the Navajo Nation issues an AMBER Alert. New Mexico will issue the alerts as the Navajo Nation Alert System Task Force works to fully develop an AMBER Alert program, a 911 system and an improved identification mechanism for homes in rural areas.
The task force was created after residents raised concerns about the AMBER Alert system following the May 2, 2016, abduction of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike and her 9-year-old brother Ian. Although Ian escaped and was found and taken to safety, Ashlynne was brutally murdered, her body discovered the day following the abduction.