Tanya Teresa Begay

Begay, circa 2017; Rose tattoos on Begay's breasts

  • Missing Since 03/03/2017
  • Missing From Tohatchi, New Mexico
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Sex Female
  • Race Native American
  • Date of Birth 12/20/1980 (40)
  • Age 36 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'5, 135 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Native American female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Begay has a scar above her left eyebrow and a small scar under her left eye, and her ears are pierced. She has the following tattoos: a rose on each breast, a feather on her left foot, and a music note behind her right ear. A photo of the rose tattoos is posted with this case summary. She wears a partial top denture plate, and either eyeglasses or contact lenses. Her nicknames are Span and Tan. Begay is of Navajo Indian descent.

Details of Disappearance

Begay was last seen leaving her aunt's house in Tohatchi, New Mexico on March 3, 2017. She was en route from Leupp, Arizona to her family's home in Gallup, New Mexico, a drive of a few hours, when she stopped at her aunt's home. She left with her boyfriend, Jason Thornberg, has never been heard from again.

The vehicle she was driving, her aunt's 2004 red Dodge Neon with the New Mexico license plate number GWZ198, was later found abandoned. Thornberg was questioned by the police, then released. According to Begay's family, he was abusive towards her and has a history of violence.

Begay may still be in the Tohatchi area, or she may be in Albuquerque, Gallup, or Mentmore, New Mexico or Dilkon, Arizona. Her family stated she was close to her parents and frequently called and texted family and friends. She left behind two children and her case remains unsolved.

Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated September 13, 2018; picture added, distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.