• Mackenzie Alfaro

Dozens of missing children rescued in Georgia federal operation

Over the past several months, many reported missing children were found. Three different fugitive operations ran by the U.S. Marshals recovered seventy-two children between the ages of one and seventeen.


These movements include “Operation Homecoming”, Indianapolis, “Operation Not Forgotten”, Georgia, and “Operation Safety Net”, Cleveland.


Federal investigators started the Homecoming Operation on August 31 in which they were subjected to find eight missing children that were named in critical danger.

“The marshals are committed to assisting state and local agencies with location and recovering endangered missing children to help prevent their falling victim to crimes of violence and exploitation,” a U.S. Marshal of the Southern district of Indiana said.


After months of preparation, they found the missing adolescents in the first week of September. The criminal at fault was charged for parental kidnapping, intimidation and possession of weapons.


The two-week search in Georgia of the “Operation Not Forgotten” resulted in finding 26 endangered children. This included nine arrests, some of which had multiple warrants on them.


It is under the Marshals authority to assist law enforcement to help recover anyone who is victimized by sex trafficking due to the act placed in 2015. The past year they helped find 295 missing children and continue to fi nd missing kids at an alarming rate.


U.S. Marshals have found 75 percent of their cases that they are given.


“The sense of accomplishment is nothing compared to finding a missing child. It’s hard

to put into words what we feel when we rescue a missing child,” the chief of the Missing Child Unit Darby Kirby said.


About two hundred missing children were reported in Ohio. So far, 30 adolescents have been found. The force hopes that with outside help, they will recover all 200 missing children

in operation “Safety Net”.


“These kids have been abused and neglected. Some involved in human trafficking,” one of the marshals, Pete Elliot said.


The U.S. Marshals continue to locate these kids to get them to safety.


With the help of these officials, the rate in which children have been found

drastically changed. In the past months, 72 children were found across three different states.


If you hold any information that may be at any help to missing children in Kansas you can contact Ronald Miller by calling (913) 551- 6727.


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