On Wednesday the Tennessee Bureau Of Investigation announced a coordinated effort that led to the recovery of 150 missing children in Tennessee.

“Operation Volunteer Strong” began in the fall of 2020, when 240 missing children were identified in Tennessee. The operation launched on January 4th with a series of “blitzes” statewide.  The operation included the United States Marshals Service, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

From a TBI press release:

EAST TENNESSEE: January 4th – 15th

Authorities identified 86 missing children, of which 56 were recovered, five of them in other states.
Of the 56 children recovered, authorities located 27 of them in the weeks leading up to the operation, and three after it concluded.
Law enforcement identified three of the recovered juveniles as potential human trafficking victims, resulting in a still-active TBI investigation.

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MIDDLE TENNESSEE: January 25th – February 5th

Authorities identified 72 missing children, of which 42 were recovered.
Of the 42 children recovered, authorities located 29 of them in the weeks leading up to the operation, and 13 during the operation.
Law enforcement identified one child as a potential human trafficking victim, resulting in a still-active TBI investigation.

WEST TENNESSEE: February 8th – 12th & February 22nd – 26th

Authorities identified 82 missing children, of which 52 were recovered, three of them in other states.
Of the 52 children recovered, authorities located 33 of them in the weeks leading up to the operation, 18 during the operation, and one after it concluded. While searching for missing children, authorities located two adults with outstanding warrants.
Law enforcement identified one of the recovered juveniles as a human trafficking victim, resulting in a still-active investigation by a Mississippi local law enforcement agency and FBI. Authorities safely recovered a child during an active kidnapping investigation, resulting in the arrest of the suspect.