Southwest Virginia Missing Child Unit celebrates 100th recovery

Cheryl E Preston

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Child endangerment force celebtates100 rescuesWSET 13

Southwest Virginia Missing Child Unit marks a milestone

On Wednesday three missing and endangered children were found safe thanks to the Southwest Virginia Missing Child Unit. This marks the 100th recovery since 2015 when The Victims of Justice of Trafficking Act was passed. At that time the Abingdon, Virginia Division of the U.S. Marshals Service began working with partner agency members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force to recover children in local communities. who are missing and endangered

The joint efforts of the agencies were formalized in March 2021, when the Southwest Virginia Missing Child Unit came into being. According to WSET 13, Thomas Foster a United States Marshal had the following to say..“I am exceptionally proud of all the team members of this specialized group of officers for relentlessly seeking to keep our children safe," "While the U.S. Marshals Service plays a small role in this process, the true credit for the recovery of these children goes to the Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police who work tirelessly each day to keep our communities safe and for selecting personnel to participate in this important unit. While I wish no unit like this was needed to keep our children safe, we hope it brings some comfort to the citizens we serve that a unit of highly trained officers stand ready to do whatever is necessary to recover any child who is missing and endangered.”

A combined effort makes a difference

They say it takes a village and this truly is a combined effort from numerous law enforcement departments as the following agencies are included in this spectacular unit.

  • Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office
  • Carroll County Sheriff’s Office
  • Dickenson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Grayson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lee County Sheriff’s Office
  • Russell County Sheriff’s Office
  • Scott County Sheriff’s Office
  • Smyth County Sheriff’s Office
  • Washington County Sheriff’s Office
  • Wise County Sheriff’s Office
  • Wythe County Sheriff’s Office
  • Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office
  • Bristol City Police Department
  • Virginia State Police
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • FBI
  • Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Multiple Departments of Social Services
  • Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office (Tennessee)
  • U.S. Marshals Service

Teams from Smyth, Washington, and Russell, counties were also a part of the 100th recovery.

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