Mary Margaret Begay

Begay, circa 1957

  • Missing Since 08/01/1957
  • Missing From Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
  • Classification Missing
  • Age 20 years old
  • Height and Weight Unknown
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A white sweater and pedal pusher pants.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Native American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Begay is a member of the Navajo tribe.

Details of Disappearance

Begay was last seen atĀ Grand Canyon National Park sometime in August 1957. She'd left her home in Leupp, Arizona to go work at the park.

On the day of her disappearance, Begay and three friends left their employee housing and went to the no-longer-extant Grand Canyon Inn to have some drinks. She was last seen getting into a vehicle with two unidentified Hopi Indian men. She has never been heard from again.

When Begay didn't return to work, the park authorities fired her and boxed up her belongings. Her family realized she was missing when they came to visit and she was gone. They reported her disappearance to the Navajo Nation authorities, but theĀ Coconino County Sheriff's Office's didn't learn about it for another year.

Although one of Begay's friends at the park thought she might have walked out of her life and didn't want her family to know where she was, the police thought this was unlikely. She was in regular touch with her family while she was working at the park, and had no reason to run away.

The circumstances of Begay's disappearance are unclear. There has been no sign of her since 1957.

Investigating Agency

  • Coconino County Sheriff's Office 928-226-5033

Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004. Last updated November 4, 2018; casefile added.