Oklahoma City, OK – Due to the
collaborative efforts of the United States Marshals Service Sex Offender
Investigations Branch in Oklahoma City and Atlanta, Midwest City Police
Department and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children,
fugitive Tahira Latrease Traylor was arrested today in College Park, GA.
An arrest warrant was issued out of the District Court of Oklahoma County,
for violation of a Child Custody Order in 2013, when Traylor took her 9 year
old son on July 4, 2012, and never returned him to his father.
On July 15, 2014, the Midwest City Police Department requested the
assistance of the Sex Offender Investigation Unit in Oklahoma City on the
parental child abduction and abducted child investigation. Information
showed that Traylor fled to Atlanta, Georgia and was living under an alias,
with the abducted child. A lead was sent to United States Marshals Service
Sex Offender Investigations Branch in Atlanta and the team set up
surveillance immediately, finally getting a break in the case when the
subject called in a burglary at her residence this morning. Police took the
burglary report and confirmed to the Marshals that Traylor was in the
residence with a 10 year old child. U.S. Marshals moved in and arrested
Traylor and recovered the abducted child. The National Center for Missing
and Exploited Children contacted Mr. Clegg in Oklahoma City and advised him
that the U.S. Marshals had recovered his son. Mr. Clegg is currently
coordinating with authorities in Georgia to be re-united with his son.
The U.S. Marshals Service began investigating child abductions as part of
the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. They are also
responsible for conducting investigations of unregistered sex offenders.
This Sunday, July 27th is the 8th year anniversary when the Adam Walsh Act
was signed by President George W. Bush which charged the U.S. Marshals with
investigating and enforcing the law.
The U.S. Marshals Service, America’s oldest
Federal Law Enforcement Agency, arrested more than 36,000 federal fugitives,
86,700 state and local fugitives, and 11,800 sex offenders in fiscal year
2013. Our investigative network, techniques, and capabilities allow for our
ability to track and apprehend fugitives worldwide who attempt to evade
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