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For Immediate Release

Contact:
March 29, 2018 Chris Shuman, Deputy U.S. Marshal
District of Arizona (520) 879-6900;
U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699

U.S. Marshals Find Tucson Missing Child in Mexico
Tucson, AZ - On March 27, 2018, a 20 month old missing child from Tucson, Arizona, Jeanette Grado was returned to the United States by Mexican authorities through the DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales, Arizona.

On Jan. 31, 2018, Jeanette Lopez had a supervised visit with her 18 month old daughter, Jeanette Grado, who is in DCS custody. The visit took place at a local library. Through an investigation it was determined that Jeanette Lopez took her child during the supervised visit and fled to Mexico to avoid capture with the missing child. An Amber Alert was issued in Mexico for Jeanette Grado.

On March 27, 2018, the United States Marshals with the assistance of the Tucson Police Department and the authorities in Mexico were able to determine that Jeanette Lopez was hiding out in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico with her child. Mexican authorities found the missing child begging for money in the streets. Lopez was found nearby and arrested for parental interference. Lopez and her child were deported by the Mexican Government and Lopez was subsequently arrested by U.S. Authorities at the DeConcini Port of Entry. Lopez was booked into Pima County Jail awaiting her hearing and the missing child was returned to the custody of Child Protective Services.

“The U.S. Marshals Service is dedicated to the protection of our communities, particularly our innocent children. Jeanette Lopez endangered her own child when she kidnapped her from a safe environment and fled the United States, subjecting her to begging for money on the streets”, said David Gonzales, United States Marshal for the District of Arizona. “This case highlights the effectiveness of collaborative law enforcement working tirelessly to ensure justice and the safety of our children.”

The U.S. Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. Annually, U.S. Marshals arrest more than 50 percent of all federal fugitives and serve more federal warrants than all other federal agencies combined.

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

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