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For Immediate Release

August 17, 2018

Luis Byerly, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Eastern District Of Washington – Yakima (509) 575-5917;

U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
Missing Teen Girl Recovered by U.S. Marshals Task Force

Yakima, WA – On Friday, the U.S. Marshals Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force (PNVOTF) recovered a missing teenager in the 600 block area of S. 5th Ave. The sixteen (16) year old female was reported missing from a group home on Aug. 7, 2018 and a person of interest was developed in connection with her disappearance.

PNVOTF members conducted surveillance in an area where this person was believed to be residing. Team members observed an associated vehicle return to the residence, the driver exited the vehicle and was positively identified as Miguel Bravo Mejia, 40.

Mejia has a long criminal history and was wanted by law enforcement authorities on nine (9) outstanding warrants. He was also of interest in relation to the missing teen. As team members approached, Mejia spotted the officers and attempted to flee on foot. He climbed over fences and through neighboring yards, but was apprehended a short distance away. The missing teenager was located inside the back of his vehicle.

Mejia was transported by Yakima Police officers for further questioning and was later booked into the Yakima County Jail on his outstanding warrants and several new charges.

U.S. Marshal Craig Thayer remarked that the Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force trains and works hard to ensure the safe arrests of the most egregious violent offenders. The arrest of Mejia and the recovery of this teenage victim are further examples of the valuable work done by the outstanding men and women who make up the PNVOTF.

The Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force is a U.S. Marshals Service sponsored partnership comprised of federal, state and local law enforcement officers from Washington, Oregon and Alaska. The PNVOTFs primary mission is to locate, arrest, and return to the justice system the most violent, most egregious federal and state fugitives. Yakima PNVOTF members include the Yakima Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Department of Corrections.

You can find more information related to missing children in your area at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at


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