U.S. Marshals Service’s Operation We Will Find You (OWWFY) collaborated with federal, state, and local agencies to recover endangered missing children.
The Northern District of Ohio was one of the sixteen selected regions to take part in this operation. The operation ran from March 1, 2023, until May 15, 2023.
During this time, 35 children were located and recovered. These children belonged to major metropolitan areas of Cleveland, Toledo, Akron, Canton, Youngstown, and surrounding counties. The cases led officers across Ohio and even across the country to California, Arizona, and West Virginia.
All the missing juveniles were at high risk, and the operation helped bring a larger scale approach to add resources, broaden the reach of local police departments, and streamline investigative effort.
U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott stated that every child deserves a safe environment to grow up in, and they are fully committed to assisting federal, state, and local agencies with locating and recovering endangered missing children.