Officer Esther TodecheeneDied on June 8, 1998
Navajo Department of Public Safety
Accidental: Vehicle Accident
Officer Todecheene was killed in a single-car rollover crash near Halchita, a small community south of Mexican Hat. The 24-year-old victim and another officer in a separate vehicle were dispatched on a report of an alcohol party. When the other officer located the party, Officer Todecheene advised by radio that she was en route to his location. After she failed to arrive, officers searched the area and discovered the crash. Investigators determined that Officer Todecheene failed to negotiate a turn on a dirt road and suffered fatal head trauma after being ejected. Survived by her parents and siblings, she is buried in a family cemetery in Arizona. Her bronze memorial plaque is sponsored by the Saratoga Springs Police Department.