ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – The family of an 11-year-old Navajo girl who was kidnapped and killed last week has raised concerns about unauthorized fundraising accounts online.
The concerns led the Navajo Nation’s San Juan Chapter to pass a resolution Tuesday calling for halting fraudulent and unauthorized fundraising since Ashlynne Mike was found dead May 3. Authorities say a stranger lured her into his van the day before.
Chapter president Rick Nez says Ashlynne’s father, Gary Mike, will hold a press conference Thursday at 7 p.m. at the San Juan Chapter House east of Shiprock, in part, to thank the community and others for their support in the wake of his daughter’s death.
About $11,000 raised to support the family has been placed in a Wells Fargo account that the Mikes set up after last week’s tragedy.