Youngstown, OH – The U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) and the Mahoning County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) are pleased to report Makayla Popio (12), a missing juvenile, was recovered safely in the 700 block of Park Ave. Youngstown, OH. Popio was last seen on August 14, 2022, when she was reported missing to the Campbell Police Department. The U.S. Marshals Service Missing Child Unit has been vigorously investigating her whereabouts ever since. The investigative efforts led to Popio's recovery and the arrest of a 46-year-old male. Release of the name and formal charges of the adult male are pending further investigation. Popio was returned safely to the custody of Mahoning County Children Services.
U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott praised the efforts of the Missing Child Unit and local law enforcement. Marshal Elliott stated, "Cooperation between law enforcement, the media, and the public is key in the recovery of many missing children. The importance of locating and recovering these children to return them to a safe environment can't be understated. The dedicated work of our deputies and local partners continues to make a difference."
Anyone with information on a missing or endangered juvenile is asked to call the U.S. Marshals at 1-866-492-6833. Callers can remain anonymous. Additional information is available through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at missingkids.org
The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force Youngstown Division consists of the following federal, state and local agencies: Boardman Township Police Department, Campbell Police Department, Columbiana County Sheriff's Office, Liberty Township Police Department, Lordstown Village Police Department, Mahoning County Sheriff's Office, Mercy Health Police Department, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Salem Police Department, Trumbull County Adult Probation Department, Warren Police Department, Youngstown Police Department, and United States Marshals Service.