Eleven missing children were found in a first-of-its-kind operation led by the U.S. Marshals District of Colorado in collaboration with Aurora police, authorities announced Tuesday.
Law enforcement worked with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and other state and federal agencies to find “critically endangered missing children” in the Denver metro Nov. 7-18 through “Operation Lost and Found,” according to a news release.
The children are between 12 and 17 years old and considered most at-risk because of indications of factors such as child sex trafficking, child exploitation, sex abuse, physical abuse and medical or mental health conditions, the Marshals Service said.
This is the first dedicated operation to finding missing children by the U.S. Marshals in Colorado.
Police arrested one adult, who was not identified, on suspicion of interference with a custodial order as part of the operation.
Police worked with the Colorado Department of Human Services on either returning the children to their homes or finding them other placements.
“As the Marshals continue to develop our Missing Child Unit, we will continue to support state and local law enforcement partners in locating and reunifying missing and exploited children with their families,” Kirk Taylor, U.S. Marshal for the District of Colorado, said in a written statement.
The U.S. Marshals Service formed the Missing Child Unit after being granted the authority to help with these types of cases in 2015.
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