Operation “Homecoming” recovers 8 highly endangered missing children

“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 find you.”


Operation "Homecoming" was the first missing child operation conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service out of the Southern District of Indiana.


That operation, which spanned from August 31 to September 4 recovered eight children considered to be "some of the most at-risk and challenging recovery cases in the area" between the ages of 6 and 17.


Some of the factors which determine if a missing child is high risk are indications of victimization of child sex trafficking, child exploitation, sex abuse, physical abuse, and medical or mental health conditions.


The recovered children were all turned over to the Indiana Department of Child Services for victim assistance and placement.


One adult was arrested during the course of the operation.  He has not been identified, but the press release discloses that he has been charged with crimes related to parental kidnapping, intimidation, weapons possession and custodial interference.