Suspect in manhunt in San Juan County surrenders to authorities

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UPDATE: San Juan County Sheriff Rick Eldredge said the suspect sought in connection with the woman’s death surrendered to authorities Thursday around 5 p.m. in the area of Mexican Hat, Utah near a Navajo reservation.

The man surrendered after he was spotted by a Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter, and the man was taken into custody by personnel from the FBI and the Navajo Nation.

The man’s name has not yet been released, and Eldredge said the charges against the man will be filed in federal court by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, Utah — San Juan County Sheriff’s Office officials are looking for a man after a woman was found dead.

According to a press release, a land dispute between a 45-year-old man and a 62-year-old woman resulted in a confrontation on November 30 near Mexican Water, Ariz.

Officials said the circumstances of the dispute are under investigation and it resulted in the woman’s death.

The press release indicates the man’s truck became stuck in a desert area of San Juan County and the woman’s body was found hidden under a nearby tree.

Searchers from multiple agencies, including the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, the Utah Department of Public Safety, Navajo Nation Police and the FBI are searching for the man southeast of Mexican Hat in San Juan County.

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