25 missing, endangered Metro Detroit kids found by newly launched US Marshals Service mission

Operation resulted in the recovery or safe location of 225 kids nationwide

The U.S. Marshals Service launched a new mission to find missing and endangered kids.

The agency recently launched a 10-week mission called “Operation We Will Find You.”

During the operation, U.S. Marshals found 25 missing kids in Metro Detroit.

Nationwide, the operation resulted in the recovery or safe location of 225 kids.

“This is generally a new mission for us,” said Deputy U.S. Marshal Robert Watson. “The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act gave us statutory missing child operations and assist state and locals without there having to be a sexual offender nexus to it.”

Watson said it’s meaningful each and every time they find a child.

“You’re not dealing with a fugitive, you’re dealing with a victim,” Watson said. “So you want to make sure that you’re treating them in a way so that they know someone cares.”

The multi-agency operation was considered a success, and the U.S. Marshalls Service looks forward to continuing its efforts.

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