Volunteers search for missing toddler in rural San Juan County

Searchers are looking for a missing 3-year-old girl in and around Aneth, Utah, marked with a red pinpoint. Photo: Navajo Police Department. Map: Google Maps

ANETH, Utah, March 15, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Search crews in San Juan County are looking for a missing 3-year-old girl near Aneth, in the far southeastern corner of Utah.

The toddler, named Andanndine Jones, went missing Thursday afternoon, according to a notice posted by the Navajo Police Department. The circumstances of her disappearance were not immediately known.

“Navajo Police Department officers in partnership with Montezuma Creek Fire and EMS and the San Juan County Sheriffs, Utah deployed resources to begin searching for the child yesterday afternoon,” the social media post says.

“The searches were conducted on foot, in the air and on the river. The search continued into the night hours.”

The area search continued this morning with volunteers and public safety personnel meeting at Aneth, the statement says. The Navajo Division of Public Safety and state emergency management services have been coordinating the search efforts.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez released a statement:

“First and foremost our thoughts and prayers are with this precious child and family. We pray for her safety and wellbeing as the search continues.”

Volunteers are encouraged to assist in the search, the post says.

“Volunteers can meet at the Aneth Chapter House. The Aneth Chapter is coordinating tangible donations of water, drink supplements and food.”

Nez said search updates will be published on the Navajo Police Facebook page.

“We will continue to offer more updates as this situation proceeds,” he said. “We ask for your prayers at this time.”

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