Multi-state operation locates 225 missing children: US Marshals
gave United States Marshals Service (USMS), with the help of state and local agencies, located 225 missing children during the 10-week operation in states across the country, the agency said.
The multi-state operation, named Operation ‘We Will Find You’, was a national effort to locate the missing children. According to A press release From the USMS, many children ran away or were abducted by unsupervised individuals.
During the operation, the authorities rescued 169 children and took 56 out safely.
“The U.S. Marshals Service is fully committed to the important mission of protecting the American people, especially our most vulnerable population – our children,” said Ronald Davis, director of the Marshals Service. “The results of this operation demonstrate that commitment, but also highlight the need for these critical efforts.
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The data released showed that 86 percent of children were at risk of running away, 9 percent were Family kidnappingsand 5% were considered otherwise missing.
The youngest child recovered was only six months old.
Forty-two children were found outside the city where they went missing, ten of whom were found. In Mexico. Thirteen of the missing children were located in California. March 1 through May 15, 2023 in the Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, and Riverside County areas, officials said.
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US Marshals also arrested a ‘Top 15 Most Wanted’ couple on the run to Mexico. From Washington State with their five children, whom they hid.
According to the US Marshals, ‘Operation We Will Find You’ is the first nationwide missing child operation to focus on geographic areas with high numbers of critically missing children.
The agency shared that the children were “considered some of the most difficult cases to recover in the region, including child sex trafficking, child exploitation, sexual abuse, physical abuse, and medical or Mental health conditions“
According to a statement from the U.S. Marshals, the U.S. Marshals referred 28 cases to law enforcement agencies involving drug, weapons, sex trafficking and sex offender violations. Law enforcement agencies reported allegations of trafficking in more than 40 cases.
“Operation We’ll Find You is a great example of how the U.S. Marshals Service prioritizes the protection of children.”
“Operation We’ll Find You” is a great example of how the U.S. Marshals Service makes child protection a priority, said Michelle DeLaune, president and CEO of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
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Anyone with information about missing/at-risk children should contact them. Local police department and/or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-The-Lost.