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For Immediate Release

September 25, 2017 Eastern District of Virginia; (757) 963-5998
USMS Office of Public Affairs; (703) 740-1699
U.S. Marshals Locate Three Abducted Portsmouth Children in New York
NORFOLK, Va. – All three Portsmouth children who were abducted by their birth mother have been safely recovered by the U.S. Marshals in New York. Asia Lamb, 35, is in custody on multiple felony charges.

Earlier this month, it is alleged that Lamb violated the terms of a court order governing the visitation of her children. Portsmouth Police Department launched an investigation when Lamb did not return the children from a weekend visit. When Portsmouth investigators instructed Lamb to return the children, she refused.

On Friday, September 22, Portsmouth investigators requested the U.S. Marshals’ assistance in locating Lamb and the children after they developed information that led them to believe Lamb had fled the state with the children.

This morning, the U.S. Marshals New York- New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force located Lamb and all three children at an apartment in the Bronx. The children are in the process of being returned to family, while Lamb remains in custody in New York on three felony warrants for abduction and a separate burglary charge.

Per the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015, U.S. Marshals have the authority to assist state, local and other federal law enforcement agencies, upon request, with locating and recovering missing children. This act allows the USMS to immediately support missing child cases.

The U.S. Marshals-led Fugitive Task Force consists of law enforcement officers from the U.S. Marshals, Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office, Newport News Police Department, Portsmouth Police Department and Norfolk Police Department. The main objective of the task force is to seek out and arrest violent offenders with outstanding federal and state warrants.


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