They called it "Operation We Will Find You", and between March 1st and May 15; that's exactly what they did.
US Marshals announced they found and returned 35 endangered children missing from Akron, Canton, Cleveland, Toledo, Youngstown and surrounding counties, as part of a national missing child operation conducted with other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
The search was far-reaching; extending from Ohio into California, Arizona, and West Virginia. In addition, they say there were critical risk factors attached to each of the cases, putting the children in elevated danger of physical or sexual abuse, neglect, substance abuse, or human trafficking.
According to US Marshall Pete Elliott, the main objective was to find as many critically missing children as possible. "The epidemic of missing children in our country needs a spotlight, it needs our focus. We hope operations like this sharpen that focus. Every child deserves a safe environment to grow up in, and we are dedicated to helping provide that for the children and families in Northern Ohio.”