The U.S. Marshals in the District of Maryland announced the results of “Operation Not Forgotten,” a 60-day operation to locate and recover critically missing children throughout Maryland.

The operation recovered 18 previously missing children and the self-return of 11 more children. U.S. Marshals and local law enforcement located an additional 102 children who had previously been reported missing and confirmed their return to the custody of their legal guardians.

“Operation Not Forgotten” was led by U.S. Marshals from the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force and included support from: Maryland State Police, Montgomery County Police Department, Prince George’s County Police Department, Baltimore County Police Department and the Baltimore Police Department. The operation was conducted by more than 30 investigators in total.

“Children are a blessing and are America’s future leaders. We must always protect their innocence and defend them from physical and sexual abuse by predators and unscrupulous individuals,” said U.S. Marshal Johnny L. Hughes of the District of Maryland.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to supporting our law enforcement partners in pursuit of justice on behalf of vulnerable members of our society—especially children,” said Acting United States Attorney Jonathan F. Lenzner. “We commend the U.S. Marshals Service and their law enforcement partners for their leadership and tireless work in finding children and bringing them home. Everyone in the community must prioritize child safety and preventing victimization, including through mentoring and other supportive programs to help at-risk children and their families. Our office will always aggressively pursue and prosecute those who prey on young people, and we are pleased to support efforts like this operation.”

Since 2005, the U.S. Marshals have assisted in the recover of more than 1,800 missing children.

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