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For Immediate Release

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July 02, 2010 Corey Britt, Deputy U.S. Marshal (337) 262-6792
Heath Hill, Deputy U.S. Marshal (214) 705-9850 x223
U.S. Marshals Seek Information on International Kidnapper

Lafayette, LA – The U.S. Marshals are seeking information as to the location of twenty-eight year old Michael Blasingame.  Blasingame fled the United States with his three year old son, Eitan sometime after March 18, 2008.  Blasingame is charged federally in the Eastern District of Texas with International Parental Kidnapping and Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution. Blasingame is also wanted by the State of Texas in Collin County for Interference with a Child Custody Order. Blasingame was supposed to return Eitan to his Mother in Plano, Texas on March 18, 2008; instead, Blasingame took Eitan to Mexico City where they stayed until September of 2008.  From Mexico, the two traveled to Germany, Yemen, Ethiopia, Thailand and Malaysia.
 
Today, the Western District of Louisiana’s Fugitive Task Force in Lafayette, in conjunction with members of the Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force arrested Blasingame’s mother, fifty-one year old Renee Blasingame at her home at 302 Live Oak Drive, Lafayette, LA. Renee Blasingame is charged by the Plano Police Department for Interference with a Child Custody Order.  Renee was booked this morning at the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center in Lafayette and is awaiting extradition back to Plano to face her charges.  Moreover, a Search Warrant was executed at Renee Blasingame’s home and place of business.  The US Marshals Service is offering a cash award for information that may lead to the arrest of Blasingame.

350,000 family abductions occur annually in the United States. 163,000 of those are cases involving children who are transported out of state with the intent to keep the children. More information about this case and other cases involving missing children can be found on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website located on the web at www.missingkids.com. Persons with information concerning this and other missing child cases can also call 1-800-The-Lost.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

Phone Numbers:
U.S. Marshals – Lafayette, LA – (337) 262-6792
U.S. Marshals – Plano, TX -- (214) 705-9850 x223