Originally Published: January 18, 2018 5:47 p.m.
Working together, several law enforcement agencies in Yavapai County have successfully located a 15-year-old runaway from Phoenix found to be in a relationship with a 27-year-old Cottonwood man.
During the evening hours of Saturday, Jan. 13, Phoenix Police contacted Cottonwood Police Department requesting assistance in attempting to locate a 15-year-old girl runaway from their jurisdiction.
Officers received information the 15-year-old was believed to be in the company of an adult man who had been communicating with her through social media under the user name “Kiru Eternel” and that he possibly worked at a business in Cottonwood. Officers were able to identify the man as Aelynn Peytekewa, a 27-year-old Cottonwood resident. However, officers were unable to locate Peytekewa or the 15-year-old runaway that evening.
The parents of the runaway persistently shared information about their missing daughter through social media. The parents were also in contact with the Cottonwood Police Department.
As the investigation moved forward, with assistance from the parents, Prescott Police Department, Prescott Valley Police Department and Yavapai County Juvenile Detention, the 15-year-old was located in Prescott a couple of days later.
Additional interviews were conducted with the girl and her parents by Cottonwood PD and Yavapai County Sheriff’s detectives and initial evidence was collected. As the investigation continued it was revealed the runaway was brought to Cottonwood around Thursday, Jan. 11, by Peyketewa, whom she had met online about 2 years ago. The investigation also revealed the two to be in a sexual relationship.
In the evening hours of Wednesday, Jan. 17, Cottonwood detectives, assisted by YCSO detectives, executed a search warrant at Peyketewa’s Cottonwood residence, where additional evidence was located. Peyketewa was home at the time and arrested without incident. He was booked into the Yavapai County jail on eight counts of sexual conduct with a minor. He is currently being held on a $500,000 bond.
“The successful conclusion of this investigation was achieved as a result of multiple local agencies working together toward a common goal,” said Cottonwood Detective Aaron Scott. “Furthermore, the victim and her family’s cooperation greatly aided in seeing this investigation through to a positive resolution.”
In June 2017, Peyketewa’s 23-year-old brother, Jayd Lawrence Roger Peyketewa was arrested in Yavapai County for luring a minor for sexual exploitation. In December 2017, Jayd was arrested for failure to register as a sex offender; he subsequently pleaded guilty to both and is awaiting sentencing.
Information provided by the Cottonwood Police Department