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For Immediate Release

September 24, 2016 John LaJeunesse, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Southern District of West Virginia (304) 553-4719
Abducted Children Found Safe by U.S. Marshals Task Force
CUFFED Fugitive Task Force LogoCharleston, WVA - At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 24, members of the U.S. Marshals CUFFED Fugitive Task Force safely recovered two subjects of an Amber Alert in the Cabin Creek area of Kanawha County.

Katherine Derleth, 13, and 3-week-old Christopher Ray Derleth were found safe at a makeshift campsite in the Kayford area of Cabin Creek. Christopher M. Derleth was taken into custody on charges of aggravated kidnapping out of Illinois.

Members of the U.S. Marshals Service, Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office, West Virginia State Police, and detectives from Madison County, Illinois, received substantial assistance from the public following the release of the Amber Alert, which led to the safe recovery of the children and apprehension of Derleth.

Following apprehension of Christopher M. Derleth and the recovery of the endangered juveniles, the children were taken to a local hospital and Christopher Derleth was taken to the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office for questioning. He will be brought before a Kanawha County Magistrate to face extradition to Illinois.

The United States Marshals Service (USMS) sponsors the Cops United Felony Fugitive Enforcement Division (CUFFED) Task Force that currently has full time personnel from the USMS, Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department, Cabell County Sheriff’s Department and West Virginia Division of Parole. There are currently nineteen various state and local agencies that have agreements to participate and contribute to the pursuit of the Southern District of West Virginia’s combined fugitive efforts. Since inception the participating members were responsible for the closure of over 5,000 felony warrants.

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