A female juvenile missing from Jackson County since Dec. 2011, who was at one time thought to have been abducted, was located in Baltimore Maryland. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office working closely with National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Baltimore Police Department in Maryland, located the juvenile after a sighting was reported, information was obtained and evidence was developed through investigative means.
The juvenile was safely returned to Jackson County and the juvenile was left in the custody of family members after the juvenile was interviewed. Further investigation is continuing in Georgia and there is an investigation ongoing in Baltimore Maryland regarding possible criminal activities that occurred there.
Sheriff Janis G. Mangum thanked the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Baltimore Police Department for their assistance and efforts that provided the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division with the information necessary to bring their investigation to a successful conclusion. Sheriff Mangum said “The hard work of law enforcement agencies and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children led to the safe return of this child to a family who had exhausted all hope of their child ever being located and the child being safely returned to them.”
This investigation, like many depended on the assistance of concerned citizens stepping forward and getting involved to help make their community safer and making sure that a child was not in jeopardy. Citizens are encouraged to notify their local law enforcement agencies of any suspicious persons, crimes or other relevant information by calling 911 or the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 367-8718.