Tennessee task force recovers 150 missing children
March 4, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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A total of 150 missing children ranging in age from 3 to 17 were recovered in January and February during a joint law enforcement operation, authorities in Tennessee said Wednesday.
(CNN)A total of 150 missing children ranging in age from 3 to 17 were recovered in January and February during a joint law enforcement operation, authorities in Tennessee said Wednesday.
The task force recovered the children -- some of whom are potential victims of human trafficking -- in three sweeps throughout the state.
The situations of the children recovered vary widely, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) Assistant Special Agent in Charge Shelly Smitherman said, ranging from children that left home during difficult situations, some who were found with non-custodial family members to children "dealing with abuse or exploitation. "
A "number of arrests" were made during the operation, dubbed "Operation Volunteer Strong," US Marshal for Tennessee's Western District Tyreece Miller said, without going into detail as to how many people were arrested.
Denny King, the US Marshal for the Middle District of Tennessee, said he could not imagine being a parent and having a missing child,
"We need the public, we need the media, we need our law enforcement partners and the other children's services departments to not give up on these children.
King noted that one child in his district had been missing for 460 days and was located after a tip to local law enforcement.
Four children were potential human trafficking victims, TBI said in its news release.
She said the TBI, US Marshals and Tennessee Department of Children's Services (DCS) tracked down leads and in January sent teams out for surge operations in each of Tennessee's three districts.
The operations began January 4 and ended February 26, the TBI said in its news release.
Of the 150 children, 93 were DCS children, most of whom were girls, DCS Commissioner Jennifer Nichols said.
Children who were in the DCS system before going missing will return to the care of the agency, which also will provide support like counseling services to the other children.
Efforts to find the remaining 90 missing children are ongoing, officials said.