Marshals Locate Missing Child
A missing child from New Martinsville, WV has been located in Atlanta, GA.
Additionally, a suspect connected to the child’s disappearance has been arrested. The suspect was wanted by the New Martinsville Police Department for kidnapping of a minor child.
On November 15, 2020, Chief Tim Cecil, of the New Martinsville Police Department requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service Mountain State Fugitive Task Force in recovering the missing child and locating the kidnapping suspect. Deputy U.S. Marshals developed information that the kidnapping suspect fled WV, with the child, and was enroute to Atlanta, GA.
After numerous hours of surviellence, Deputies from the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force apprehended the suspect and recovered the missing child.
The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services was then contacted to facilitate custody of the minor child.
“The swift development of intelligence and teamwork from all of the agencies involved in this case led to the safe recovery of this child,” said U.S. Marshal J.C. Raffety.
Over the past five years, the USMS has recovered missing children in 75% of the cases it has received. And of those recovered, 72% were recovered within 7 days. Since 2005, the United States Marshals Service has recovered more than 2,000 missing children. The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 enhanced the U.S. Marshals’ authority to assist federal, state and local law enforcement with the recovery of missing, endangered or abducted children, regardless of whether a fugitive or sex offender was involved. The Marshals established a Missing Child Unit to oversee and manage the implementation of its enhanced authority under the act. Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov