U.S. Marshals recover 5 missing teenagers in annual Operation Boo Dat

New Orleans, Louisiana: The U.S. Marshals Service has announced the results of Operation Boo Dat 2021 which ran from mid-October through December 24.


By working in partnership with other local law enforcement agencies, five missing and endangered teenagers were recovered and 30 individuals were arrested. 17 of those individuals were arrested due to sex offender registration violations.


WWLTV disclosed the highlights of the operation as reported by USMS.


A missing 16-year-old girl, reported as a runaway that had allegedly stolen a family member's vehicle and handgun, was recovered in a Little Woods home where she had been "living with several adults to include an adult female strip club dancer."


Another teen, a 17-year-old girl that was wanted for human trafficking out of Tangipahoa Parish was arrested in Hammond. She was additionally wanted for theft of a vehicle out of Natchez, Mississippi.


In a motel room near Read Boulevard in New Orleans East, a 14-year-old girl was located with a 17-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl. Investigators believe there may have been child sex trafficking involved as the teenagers told them that they had been in a different motel room with men from Baton Rouge before being abandoned.


Another girl, 15, was recovered after being sex trafficked. She was located living with her 17-year-old boyfriend and one of his family members after her pimp was murdered.


"Information was also developed that the female was regularly leaving the apartment to meet with adult males in New Orleans East. The case is also possibly associated with an armed robbery that occurred in the same area."


Two sisters missing out of Baton Rouge and St. Tammany Parish were located at an apartment in Baton Rouge.


"Both females" ages 15 and 16-years-old, "may be the victims of adult(s) felony criminal sexual activities."


Of note among the arrests made was Lorenzo Oliver, reported as a Tier 3 sex offender who had been convicted in 2015 for attempted forcible rape and sexual battery. He was arrested on December 10 on a warrant from the New Orleans Police Department on allegations that he raped a 12-year-old girl in an abandoned home.


On October 25 James Sorrell was located in a New Orleans homeless shelter where he had been staying under a false name. Sorrell was wanted in Austin, Texas and Dane County, Wisconsin for failure to register as a sex offender.


According to the USMS, "his original 1987 conviction in Idaho involved a 7-year-old female victim."