FBI releases sketch of man suspected of kidnapping girl from Kirtland
FARMINGTON — The FBI has released a sketch of the unidentified suspect in the kidnapping of a 13-year-old girl on the night of Sept. 14 from Kirtland. She was found at a trading post in Arizona the next day.
Kaylani Benallie, 13, was kidnapped on the night of Sept. 14 from the Broken Horn Arena/RV Park on County Road 6100 in Kirtland, where she was last seen walking to a restroom.
She was later found alive at a trading post in Red Valley, Ariz., at around 7:30 to 7:45 a.m. on Sept. 15. The trading post is about 44 miles away from where she was abducted.
Law enforcement and federal authorities have not released information about when the investigation shifted from a missing person’s case to a kidnapping.
The FBI sketch shows a man described as a Native American male in his 30s or 40s who is about six feet tall with no facial hair and short, brown hair.
The man could be driving a dark colored, four-door pickup truck with silver rims, a “4x4” emblem and a bed cover.
Anyone with information is asked to file an online report at tips.fbi.gov or call 505-889-1300.
A Brittany Alert was issued by state and county law enforcement at 10:52 p.m. on Sept. 14.after Benallie's disappearance.
A Brittany alert is a notification about someone who is missing and endangered who has been diagnosed with a developmental disability, according to the New Mexico State Police website.
Joshua Kellogg covers breaking news for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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