Cheyenne WY – U.S. Marshals from the District of Wyoming and
members of the Gillette Police Department this afternoon recovered a
child kidnapped from Alaska earlier this spring.
follows a previous arrest of the non-custodial mother in Gillette. The
child unfortunately was not located at the time of the arrest.
Autumn Wilson, of Alaska, was arrested April 19 on charges of custodial
interference and kidnapping. Wilson was turned over to the Campbell
County Sheriff’s Office pending extradition to Alaska.
case is a great example of what can be accomplished when law enforcement
agencies work together,” said Randall Huff, U.S. Marshal for the
District of Wyoming. “We are very thankful this child was rescued
unharmed and will soon be returned to the family.”
Marshals Service supports the National Center for Missing and Exploited
Children’s mission to protect children from victimization by providing
assistance to federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. In
fiscal year 2021, the USMS received 1,640 requests from law enforcement
for assistance in missing child cases. With assistance from the USMS,
950 missing children were recovered.
The Justice for Victims of
Trafficking Act of 2015 enhanced the U.S. Marshal Service’s
discretionary authority to assist other law enforcement agencies with
the recovery of missing, endangered or abducted children, regardless of
whether a fugitive or sex offender was involved. The USMS have a Missing
Child Unit to oversee and manage the implementation of its enhanced
authority under the act. Upon request, the Marshals assist other law
enforcement agencies with the recovery of “critically missing children,”
who have gone missing under circumstances that indicate an elevated risk
to the child.
Since 2015 the agency has recovered more than
2,300 missing children. The USMS has recovered missing children in 56
percent of cases received. Of those recovered, 61 percent were recovered
within seven days. Nationwide, more than 50 local USMS task forces are
dedicated to violent crime reduction by locating and apprehending wanted
criminals. These task forces also serve as investigation hubs for
missing and exploited juveniles throughout the country.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found
First Federal Law Enforcement Agency