January 11, 2023
Indigenous youth missing in Archuleta County
KSUT | By Clark Adomaitis
UPDATE: Tsosie was located and safe
An Indigenous 14-year-old boy is missing from Pagosa Springs.
On its new alert system, Colo., released the information on Saturday afternoon. Sequoya Tsosie was last seen in Pagosa Springs on Friday, January 6th.
Missing Indigenous Person Alert activation requested by the Archuleta County Sheriff's Office. Please see the bulletin below for details. Call police with information. pic.twitter.com/zYUhNpgs3R— CBI (@CBI_Colorado) January 7, 2023
According to the alert, Tsosie has been seen twice by law enforcement but is actively eluding them. Andre Redstone, Tsosie’s grandfather, says his grandson could be as far as Utah or Gallup, N.M.
"There's more likelihood than not that Sequoya is being harbored by somebody. If we could say something to our grandson, whatever it is, that Sequoya may be running from, and/or afraid of addressing. There's nothing that we can't work through. No matter how big or small it is. Grandma and grandpa just want him to come home."
Sheriff Mike Le Roux of Archuleta County says Tsosie was last confirmed to be in Pagosa Springs on Friday.
"We did identify the juvenile to be in the area of Pagosa Springs, and at that time, we were unable to contact him. He evaded deputies. You know, at this point, there's no associated criminal activity or any reason to believe anything is wrong, other than we would just like to safely reunite Sequoya with his family unit. "
The Bureau of Investigation posted the alert about Tsosie on its Twitter account. Within an hour, several news outlets including ABC, Fox, and CBS published news stories.
Anyone who has information about Sequoya Tsosie’s whereabouts can contact the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office. (970)721-2160
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