Indianapolis, IN – The U.S.
Marshals Southern District of Indiana and Great Lakes Regional Fugitive
Task Force, in coordination with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police
Department and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
(NCMEC), recently wrapped up an operation dubbed “Homecoming” to recover
highly endangered missing children throughout the Indianapolis area.
From August 31- September 4, federal
investigators coordinated with IMPD and NCMEC to recover eight highly
endangered missing children resulting in one arrest of an adult subject
for charges filed, including alleged crimes related to parental
kidnapping, intimidation, weapons possession and custodial interference.
The recovered children were ultimately turned
over to the Indiana Department of Child Services for victim assistance
The one-week initiative was the culmination of
several months of planning and coordination between the USMS Southern
District of Indiana, the IMPD, Indiana Department of Child Services,
Indiana Fusion Center and NCMEC. The children were all reported missing
by local law enforcement, entered into NCIC and reported to NCMEC as
These children, between the ages of 6 and 17,
were considered to be some of the most at-risk and challenging recovery
cases in the area, based on indications of high-risk factors such as
victimization of child sex trafficking, child exploitation, sex abuse,
physical abuse and medical or mental health conditions.
Participating officers were given the case files
and began investigating the childrens’ whereabouts by starting with last
known addresses, friend’s homes and schools in hopes of finding them and
getting them back to a safe place.
This operation is the first missing child
operation by the U.S. Marshals Service, Southern District of Indiana.
“The Marshals are committed to assisting state
and local agencies with locating and recovering endangered missing
children to help prevent their falling victim to crimes of violence and
exploitation,” said Dan McClain, U.S. Marshal for the Southern District
of Indiana. “The message that we wish to convey to the missing children
and their families is that we will use every resource at our disposal to
Agencies involved in the operation
- USMS Southern District of Indiana
- USMS Missing Child Unit
- USMS Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force
- Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department
- National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
- Indiana Depart of Child Services
- Indiana Fusion Center
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found
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