For Immediate Release
|September 21, 2020||
Anne Murphy, Deputy United States Marshal-PAO
Northern District of Ohio (216) 276-7505;
U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
Operation Safety Net Concludes
35 Missing Children Recovered & Permanent Unit Established in Northern Ohio
Cleveland, OH – United States Marshal Pete Elliott, Police Chief Calvin Williams, Sheriff David Schilling, East Cleveland Police Chief Scott Gardner, and Newburgh Heights Police Chief John Majoy announce the recovery of 35 children during of Operation Safety Net.
The U.S. Marshals Service has been working with its state and local partners over the past month to locate and recover missing juveniles from the Cuyahoga County area. 35 missing and endangered children, between the ages of 13 and 18, were recovered during the operation. A little more than 20% were tied to human trafficking cases and those cases were referred to the Human Trafficking Task Force in Cuyahoga County. Of the 40 missing cases referred to the Marshals Task Force only 5 cases remain open. Members of the task force and its local partners will continue to work over the next several weeks to bring these 5 remaining children and other children to safety.
Chief John Majoy of Newburg Heights stated “We are proud to assist in Operation Safety Net and I commend the United States Marshals Service for their hard work and dedication toward locating these children. Many times, they do not know they are a victim and this operation offers hope, freedom and safety they would not otherwise have. This is a fine example of local, state and federal partners all working together for a notable cause. Together we can all make a difference.”
Based on the results of this operation The United States Marshal for the Northern District of Ohio has now created a permanent Missing Child Unit throughout the 40 counites of Northern Ohio to focus on those missing, abused, neglected and trafficked juveniles.
U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott stated, “This was new
unchartered territory and the first time we conducted an operation like
this. I am very proud of our law enforcement, community and media
partners who worked tirelessly to bring our missing and most vulnerable
children to safety. The establishment of a permanent unit in Northern
Ohio will ensure that our most vulnerable missing children will continue
to be found and brought to safety.”
The Missing Child Unit of the U.S. Marshals Service will continue to ask for support from the community in locating these 5 remaining missing kids. Please call the U.S. Marshals at 1-866-492-6833 if you have any information about their location. Tips can also be submitted using USMS Tips.
Law Enforcement Partner Agencies for Operation Safety Net:
Community Partner Agencies for Operation Safety Net:
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.