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CBP aircrews aid search for girl, kidnapping suspect on Navajo Nation

Two aircrews with U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Tucson assisted in the successful search for a missing 15-year-old girl, and the man suspected of kidnapping her, in a remote part of the Navajo Nation, authorities said.

On Monday, the FBI issued a Amber Alert, alerting law enforcement officials that Terrianne Brooks may have been kidnapped by 40-year-old Douglas Jones in Chandler.

The FBI later learned that the girl and Jones were likely on the Navajo Nation, in northern Arizona, said Rob Daniels, a CBP spokesman.

CBP responded by sending a Blackhawk helicopter and a Cessna Citation 550 airplane to aid in the search, said Gerald Burgess, a spokesman for Tucson Air Branch.

Along with CBP and FBI agents, officials from the Navajo Nation Police Department searched for the girl, with help from the Chandler and Page police departments, as well as the Coconino County Sheriff's Office and the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

During the search, the helicopter pilot landed several times while tracking the girl and Jones. CBP quoted the unidentified pilot, writing: "Again and again we would find their trail, track it, lose it, land to find it again, take off to follow it and lose it again." 

Searchers eventually located Jones and the girl north of Tuba City, and Jones was taken into custody. The girl was reunited with her family, said Daniels.

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A Border Patrol agent watches as a Blackhawk helicopter with the Office of Air and Marine takes off during a demonstration of the agency's ability to conduct search and rescue operations in April 2016.