IOWA (KWWL) — U.S. Marshals have recovered and returned seven reported missing children to Iowa through the ‘Operation Homecoming’ initiative.
In total, U.S. Marshals have been able to locate 21 missing Iowa children between the ages of 4 and 17 in nine different states. These states where children have been located include Arizona, Nebraska, Minnesota, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, Illinois, Ohio, and Indiana.
Operation Homecoming began in October 2020 and involves U.S. Marshals in Iowa partnering with federal, state, and local agencies to recover vulnerable, missing children.
Among the children recovered are:
- A missing central Iowa teen was found by deputy U.S. marshals just before Christmas 2020 in the home of an adult male in Ames
- A 4-year-old child in Arizona who had been missing since he was taken by a noncustodial family member in 2017
- A missing 14-year-old from central Iowa located in Illinois in January 2021 after investigators discovered ads featuring the juvenile involved in sex trafficking.
- A missing 17-year-old taken from central Iowa and subjected to human trafficking in Mississippi and Tennessee.
The operation has also led to two arrests, the seizure of illegal narcotics, the seizure of two firearms, and four independent human trafficking investigations.
Deputy U.S. Marshal Scott Cannon, the Missing Child Investigations Coordinator for the Southern District of Iowa, explained the federal agency’s goal in missing child cases.
“The goal of our involvement with missing child cases is not only to safely recover Iowa’s missing children but also to aid our local and state partners who work these cases daily. The Marshals Service is uniquely suited to provide assistance based on our expertise as the premier agency in tracking fugitives. We can use some of the same skill sets in recovering missing children as we use during fugitive investigations.”
Deputy U.S. Marshal Scott Cannon
U.S. Marshals in Iowa are still looking for Fredrick Workman, 15, last seen in Des Moines in August 2013, and are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to his location. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is urged to cont