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Amber Alert update: Search continues for missing Tseyatoh children

Navajo Times | Donovan Quintero
Heavily armed Navajo police officers and a McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy walk along shrubs and bushes while searching for Rumaldo Peshlakai and four children on Thursday about 8 miles north of the Tseyatoh Chapter House.


Police continue to search for Rumaldo Preshakai and the four children he allegedly abducted on Tuesday in Tseyatoh, near the PNM Housing area, about 5 miles south of State Highway 264.

Peshlakai is accused of kidnapping Turquoise Sky Peshlakai, 10; Rumaldo Peshlakai Jr., 7; Coral Dawn Peshlakai, 5; and Rain Cloud Peshlakai, 2. An Amber Alert was issued.

Navajo Times | Donovan Quintero
Navajo police officers stand on the side of a police unit on Thursday while searching for Rumaldo Peshlakai and four children.

Heavily armed police officers from the Navajo Nation Police Department, several FBI agents, and a deputy with the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office searched along an area near the old PNM mine site.

Police say they are expanding their search away from Tseyatoh as they investigate tips they have been receiving.


Turquoise Sky Peshlakai, 10; Rumaldo Peshlakai Jr., 7; Coral Dawn Peshlakai, 5; and Rain Cloud Peshlakai, 2.


Officers responded to an alleged domestic dispute, according to a press release from the Navajo Police Department.

Peshlakai fled the scene with the children in a maroon Yukon and threatened to harm the children.

When police located the vehicle, Peshlakai and the children were not in the vehicle. Police say they believe they may have been on foot in the area. Dozens of law enforcement scoured the area but did not locate the children and the suspect.

Rumaldo Peshlakai

Peshlakai is about 5-foot-9, about 210 pounds, with brown eyes and a shaved head.

Anyone with information should call the Window Rock Police District at 928-871-6112 or 911.


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"Dii, Diné bi Naaltsoos wolyéhíígíí, ninaaltsoos át'é. Nihi cheii dóó nihi másání ádaaní: Nihi Diné Bizaad bił ninhi't'eelyá áádóó t'áá háadida nihizaad nihił ch'aawóle'lágo. Nihi bee haz'áanii at'é, nihisin at'é, nihi hózhǫ́ǫ́jí at'é, nihi 'ach'ą́ą́h naagééh at'é. Dilkǫǫho saad bee yájíłti', k'ídahoneezláo saad bee yájíłti', ą́ą́ chánahgo saad bee yájíłti', diits'a'go saad bee yájíłti', nabik'íyájíłti' baa yájíłti', bich'į' yájíłti', hach'į' yándaałti', diné k'ehgo bik'izhdiitįįh. This is the belief I do my best to follow when I am writing Diné-related stories and photographing our events, games and news. Ahxéhee', shik'éí dóó shidine'é." - Donovan Quintero is an award-winning Diné journalist, who is based in Window Rock, Arizona. He can be contacted at


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