Two Navajo Toddlers Rescued after Spending Night in Woods Found Unharmed

Navajo police officer Chris Holgate, left, watches his partner Philbert Toddy become emotional after the successful search for two young brothers early Wednesday morning in Besbetoh, Arizona. Navajo Times photo by Donovan Quintero

Navajo police officer Chris Holgate, left, watches his partner Philbert Toddy become emotional after the successful search for two young brothers early Wednesday morning in Besbetoh, Arizona. Navajo Times photo by Donovan Quintero

Published November 1, 2015

BESBETOH, ARIZONA — The family of two Navajo boys were relieved on this past Wednesday morning after spending a frantic night waiting for word as a search party went looking for the toddlers, 3- and 4-years old who wandered off from their grandparents and aunt while they were hauling wood.

The boys went missing about 2 p.m. on Tuesday and the Navajo Nation Police Department (NNPD) were notified about 7 p.m.

A search party was organized in the area 15 miles north of State Route 264 Besbetoh Valley, Arizona. A search party worked throughout the night without finding the two boys.  The search party was cut off at 5:30 a.m. this morning for the purpose of regrouping.

At 10 a.m. the search party found the boys three miles south of where they were originally went missing. The boys are reported to have been uninjured and in good health.

The search was a joint effort of NNPD, Navajo Nation Fire Department, Apache County Sheriff’s Department, Navajo Nation Department of Emergency Management, Arizona Department of Public Safety, and the Hopi Emergency Response Team. All participated in the search and the investigation of the missing boys.

“I would like to thank the NNPD for their timely and organized response to this incident.  They are consistently working on behalf of our people’s safety,” said Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye. “It’s also important to recognize the community and volunteer efforts of those who organized and participated in the search party. Thank you for your efforts.”

 

 

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