Amber Alert discontinued after missing 13-year-old Aurora girl found safe, suspect in custody

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Posted at 10:33 PM, Nov 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-27 00:27:49-05

AURORA, Colo. — Authorities have discontinued an Amber Alert after a missing 13-year-old Aurora girl was found safe.

Ta-Kyrah Blackman was reported missing Tuesday evening after leaving her home near 1st Avenue and Havana Street at approximately 1:30 p.m. She was last seen wearing a green/black sweatshirt and white floral pants.

Blackman was found safe in Richfield, Utah. Authorities are working to reunite her with her family.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation identified Navarro Cathey, 41, as a suspect in Blackman's disappearance.

Around 3:30 p.m. Utah Highway Patrol troopers saw the blue 2001 Ford Crown Victoria the CBI reported as the suspect vehicle driving westbound on I-70 in central Utah. When troopers got behind the vehicle, it initially sped up to near 100 mph, according to UHP. However, when troopers initiated the traffic stop, the vehicle immediately pulled over.

Troopers found the victim safe inside the vehicle and took Cathey into custody without incident.

According to documents obtained by our affiliate KSTU, troopers could see a young female laying across the back seat underneath a blanket "acting as if she was trying to hide." Cathey also had methamphetamine in his possession, according to the documents. The documents also said Cathey had a nationwide extraditable warrant issued out of Colorado for sexual exploitation of a child, internet luring of a child and internet exploitation of a child.

Charges are pending for Cathey, according to the Aurora Police Department.

The CBI issued a missing endangered alert for Blackman Wednesday just before 11 a.m. An Amber Alert was issued around 2:45 p.m. and discontinued around 5 p.m.

Editor's note: This story was updated on Nov. 26 at 10:27 p.m. with information from court documents obtained by our Salt Lake City affiliate, KSTU.