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'Not forgotten': 150 missing Tennessee children recovered in Operation Volunteer Strong, officials say

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A coordinated effort led to the recovery of 150 missing children across Tennessee, the state’s Bureau of Investigation announced Wednesday. 

Operation Volunteer Strong launched Jan. 4 after 240 missing children were identified in the state. A series of “two-week blitzes” led to the recovery of 150 of those children, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in a news release. 

At least five of the children were potential victims of human trafficking, according to the release. Cases are still open for each of them. One child was rescued during a kidnapping investigation, resulting in the arrest of a suspect. 

Members of the operation spoke during a news briefing Wednesday at the TBI headquarters in Nashville.

“I hope this operation changes the course for 150 young lives and leads them to the path of opportunities every child deserves,” said Tyreece Miller, U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Tennessee. “Our efforts should also serve notice to those who prey on society’s most vulnerable that these children are not forgotten. Investigations will continue and the next knock at the door could be for you.”



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