Published: March 4, 2021


A COORDINATED EFFORT TO IDENTIFY AND LOCATE MISSING CHILDREN ACROSS TENNESSEE HAS LED TO THE RECOVERY OF 150 MISSING CHILDREN BY THE UNITED STATES MARSHALS SERVICE, TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN’S SERVICES, AND THE TENNESSEE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, ‘OPERATION VOLUNTEER STRONG,’ BEGAN IN THE FALL OF 2020, WITH OPERATION EFFORTS LAUNCHING ON JANUARY 4TH. AFTER IDENTIFYING 240 MISSING CHILDREN STATEWIDE, TBI INTELLIGENCE ANALYSTS COMPILED THOROUGH INFORMATION AND POTENTIAL LEADS ON EACH, WHICH DESIGNATED LAW ENFORCEMENT TEAMS CAREFULLY PURSUED DURING TWO-WEEK BLITZES IN EACH OF TENNESSEE’S THREE GRAND REGIONS. IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE FROM JANUARY 25TH THRU FEBRUARY 5TH AUTHORITIES IDENTIFIED 72 MISSING CHILDREN, OF WHICH 42 WERE RECOVERED. OF THE 42 CHILDREN RECOVERED, AUTHORITIES LOCATED 29 OF THEM IN THE WEEKS LEADING UP TO THE OPERATION, AND 13 DURING THE OPERATION. LAW ENFORCEMENT IDENTIFIED ONE CHILD AS A POTENTIAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING VICTIM, RESULTING IN A STILL-ACTIVE TBI INVESTIGATION. DURING THE OPERATION, THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN, BASED IN ALEXANDRIA, VA, PROVIDED RESEARCH AND ANALYTICAL SUPPORT.