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Police seek help to locate Fort Defiance sisters

Police seek help to locate Fort Defiance sisters


The Navajo Nation Police has issued missing person alert for a 14-year-old female and her seven-year-old sister, who have been missing since Sunday.

According to police, Jaylee Spencer, 14, and Jayda John, 7, were taken from their uncle’s home in Fort Defiance. The children were taken by the girls’ uncle’s girlfriend, Kristy Marie Pinal. Police did not give the name of the uncle.

Kristy Marie

Police say the mother of the two girls were “given permission” to stay at the uncle’s home on Saturday.

The uncle left to “haul woods,” the police wrote in a Tuesday afternoon press release. When he returned, his vehicle was missing. The police added that Pinal, her three-month-old daughter, and his two nieces were also missing.

Pinal made contact with the girls’ mother, telling her she would be return Sunday night, but never did. The two girls were reported missing on Monday.

Police added that Pinal told the mother she was with her parents, who live in Whiteriver, Arizona, on the Fort Apache Reservation. Police did not say if Pinal is from the reservation.

John is 4-feet tall, weighs 50 pounds, has black hair and brown eyes. Spencer has eczema, or rash, on both her arms, is 5’4 tall, weighs 130 pounds, has black hair and brown eyes. Clothing descriptions for the children were not given.

Police say Pinal is 5’2, weighs 120 pounds, has black hair and brown eyes, and may be driving a 1998 Green Saturn SL1 Series, with Arizona tags BLE 8163.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the two children and Pinal are encouraged to call the Window Rock Police District at 928-871-6111/6112.

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Donovan Quintero

"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, an award-winning Diné journalist, served as a photographer, reporter and as assistant editor of the Navajo Times until March 17, 2023.


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