200 Missing Children Found in Huge US Marshal Operation

Over the past six weeks, the United States Marshals Service (USMS) and other federal, state, and local authorities from seven different federal court districts and all throughout the country have been working together to carry out a nationwide operation. 

Following a nationwide sting operation that lasted six weeks, the United States Marshals Service (USMS) this Thursday found 200 youngsters who had gone missing.

This included both runaways in danger and those who had been abducted.

From May 20th until June 24th, the United States conducted a national operation known as Operation We Will Find You 2 (OWWFY2). Regions with a disproportionate number of missing children were its primary focus. Missing children may be victims of human trafficking, abuse, exploitation, or any number of other crimes that target children.

By working together with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), OWWFY2 was able to save these children from dangerous situations. Authorities in charge of child welfare or law enforcement have announced the safe return of seventy-seven more youngsters who had gone missing. The vast majority of the 200 kids found—173—were runaways in danger. In addition, 25 children were listed as otherwise missing.

According to a news release from the USMS, the operation was greatly assisted by the USMEC, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. 

Fourteen of the recoveries were located in areas other than the city where the children had been reported missing. The youngest discovered was only five months old.

After the USMS began helping with the cases, about 57% of the missing children were found within a week.

The terror experienced by missing children, their families, and their communities is indescribable, according to Attorney General Merrick B. Garland.

Child exploitation, physical violence, and a host of other medical and mental health issues made rehabilitation a challenge for some of the kids.