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U.S. Marshals: Operation locates 45 missing children

CHARLESTON — A multi-agency law enforcement effort in West Virginia and Ohio resulted in the recovery of 45 missing children, three of them found in Jackson County.

According to a release from the U.S. Marshals Service, marshals in the Southern Districts of West Virginia and Ohio conducted Operation Autumn Hope this month.

In West Virginia, marshals worked with the Cops United Felony Fugitive Enforcement Division (C.U.F.F.E.D.) Task Force, which includes the Jackson and Roane County Sheriff’s offices and Ravenswood Police Department, in addition to the West Virginia Department of Corrections, Kanawha , Putnam, Mercer and Raleigh County Sheriff’s offices and police departments from Princeton, W.Va., and Ironton, Ohio.

U.S. Marshal Michael Baylous reported 13 missing children were located by the task force, including three missing from Columbus who were found in Jackson County.

A U.S. Marshals Service spokesman said Wednesday that additional information on the case was not available, pending further investigation.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children supported the operation.

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