More Child Rescue Success: 54 Children Rescued in 24 Hours
During the first 20 days of Operation Safety Net, the U.S. Marshals have already rescued 25 children in N.E. Ohio. Operation Not Forgotten finds 39 missing children in Georgia.
MANSFIELD – The U.S. Marshal Service has found 25 missing children in northeast Ohio, including one in Mansfield, during a monthlong investigation, according to Ann Murphy, public affairs officer for the U.S. Marshal Service, Northern District of Ohio.
Of these cases, about one-quarter are confirmed to be related to human trafficking or prostitution, Murphy said in a news release Thursday.
The U.S. Marshal Service has been working with its state and local partners over the past 20 days to find and recover missing juveniles from the Cuyahoga County area.
So far, 25 missing and endangered children have been recovered, and they have been between the ages of 13 and 18, according to a news release.
Children also have been recovered in Cleveland, East Cleveland, Akron, Euclid, Willoughby and as far away as Miami, according to a news release.
Members of the task force and its local partners will continue to work over the next several weeks to bring more children to safety and return them to safe places.
U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott, Police Chief Calvin Williams, Sheriff David Schilling, East Cleveland Police Chief Scott Gardner, and Newburgh Heights Police Chief John Majoy announced the recovery of dozens of children during the beginning of Operation Safety Net, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.
The U.S. Marshals Service will continue to ask for support from the community in finding these missing kids. Tips about where these kids may be can be called into the U.S. Marshals tip line at 1-866-492-6833. Photos and information about the missing kids can be found at WTAM.com keyword MISSING and FOX8.com keyword MISSING.
Murphy did not provide details about the child found in Mansfield.