Federal authorities and local law enforcement agencies have rescued eight missing children from the Indianapolis area during a five-day operation. The children were aged 6 to 17-years-old, rescued in what’s been called “Operation Homecoming,” according to the US Marshals Service’s Southern District of Indiana.
Authorities said the children are “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.”
More from U.S. Marshals press release:
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 and placement.
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 missing.
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.
Last month, U.S. Marhsals announced a separate two-week mission in Georgia to rescue endangered and missing children in Georgia had led to the recovery of 39 juveniles and the arrests of nine suspects.
The USMS S/IN District & Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force, in coordination with Indianapolis MPD and @MissingKids NCMEC, recently wrapped up Operation Homecoming to recover highly endangered missing children throughout the Indianapolis area. https://t.co/UkBiUZLjGh pic.twitter.com/DFmENuLtWU— U.S. Marshals (@USMarshalsHQ) September 4, 2020
More than 50 children were recovered in similar operations that recently took place in Georgia and Ohio.— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) September 8, 2020
US Marshals rescue 8 'highly endangered' missing children in Indiana during 'Operation Homecoming' https://t.co/da1dXSlpPG— True Pundit (@true_pundit) September 10, 2020
.@USMarshalsHQ, IMPD & National Center for Missing and Exploited Children wrapped up "Operation Homecoming" in Indianapolis.— Kelly Reinke (@KellyReinkeTV) September 5, 2020
This week they found 8 endangered missing kids. Considered some of most at-risk cases, based on factors such victimization of child sex trafficking. pic.twitter.com/wOgGKHBCLc