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Suspect Arrested In Connection With The Death Of Woman Found Dead In 2019 Near Pinon

A suspect has been arrested in connection with the death of a woman, whose body was found on the Hopi Reservation in 2021. Jamie Lynette Yazzie was last seen near Pinon on June 30th, 2019 and hadn’t been seen since, until her body was found last year. Yazzie was listed as a missing person by both federal and tribal law enforcement, and the circumstances of her disappearance were investigated jointly by several organizations, including Navajo Police, the Navajo County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI. Authorities arrested 30-year-old Tre C. James of Pinion Friday. James was indicted by a federal grand jury of eight counts earlier in the week before he was arrested. Two of the eight counts allege James shot and killed Yazzie. He was arrested on first-degree murder and several acts of domestic violence. The five domestic violence counts allege James committed the crimes against three victims between 2018 and 2021. The criminal acts included suffocation, strangling, kidnapping and assault with a dangerous weapon. James made his initial appearance in court Friday and a detention hearing will take place Tuesday in federal court in Flagstaff.