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For Immediate Release

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October 07, 2016 Mike Stokes, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Western District of Missouri, Kansas City (816) 985-6915
U.S. Marshals Capture Jackson County Fugitive Mother Charged in the Death of Her Infant Child
 

Kansas City, MO - Teenage fugitive mother Whitley Evenson, from Independence, Missouri has been captured after months on the run.

The Jackson County, MO Prosecutor charged Whitley Evenson with the murder of her six-week-old child in September 2015. Evenson purportedly told investigators that she placed her hand over the infantís mouth until it suffocated. Evenson was on bond pending trial when she failed to appear for a court hearing in July 2016. A warrant for her arrest was issued and investigators quickly learned that she had skipped town.

Independence Missouri Police Detectives assigned to the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force in Kansas City, MO worked diligently for over two months to find her. They interviewed witnesses, tracked down leads and developed information that ultimately involved deputies and task force officers from the U.S. Marshals Service in 4 states. Recent efforts focused the investigation in the northwestern region of the United States.

Late Friday afternoon on October 7, 2016 deputies were only a few days behind her when they tracked her down in Post Falls, Id. She was arrested without incident in a store parking lot. Evenson was turned over to local authorities in Kootenai County to be held on the warrant and awaits state extradition proceedings before being transported back to Jackson County.

The U.S. Marshals Kansas City Fugitive Task Force is based in Kansas City, MO and includes members of the U.S. Marshals Service, Kansas City Missouri Police Department, Independence Missouri Police Department and other federal law enforcement partners. The task force objectives are to seek out and arrest fugitives charged with violent crimes, drug offenses, sex offenders and other felonies. Nationally the United States Marshals Service fugitive programs are carried out with local law enforcement in 94 district offices, 85 local fugitive task forces, 7 regional task forces, as well as a growing network of offices in foreign countries.

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

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