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For Immediate Release

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July 22, 2014 Kimberley Heath
Deputy U.S. Marshal/Public Information Officer (405) 213-6201
Abduction Case Solved by U.S. Marshals Service

Oklahoma City, OK – Due to the collaborative efforts of the United States Marshals Service Sex Offender Investigations Branch in Oklahoma City and Atlanta, Midwest City Police Department and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, fugitive Tahira Latrease Traylor was arrested today in College Park, GA.

An arrest warrant was issued out of the District Court of Oklahoma County, for violation of a Child Custody Order in 2013, when Traylor took her 9 year old son on July 4, 2012, and never returned him to his father.

On July 15, 2014, the Midwest City Police Department requested the assistance of the Sex Offender Investigation Unit in Oklahoma City on the parental child abduction and abducted child investigation. Information showed that Traylor fled to Atlanta, Georgia and was living under an alias, with the abducted child. A lead was sent to United States Marshals Service Sex Offender Investigations Branch in Atlanta and the team set up surveillance immediately, finally getting a break in the case when the subject called in a burglary at her residence this morning. Police took the burglary report and confirmed to the Marshals that Traylor was in the residence with a 10 year old child. U.S. Marshals moved in and arrested Traylor and recovered the abducted child. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children contacted Mr. Clegg in Oklahoma City and advised him that the U.S. Marshals had recovered his son. Mr. Clegg is currently coordinating with authorities in Georgia to be re-united with his son.

The U.S. Marshals Service began investigating child abductions as part of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. They are also responsible for conducting investigations of unregistered sex offenders. This Sunday, July 27th is the 8th year anniversary when the Adam Walsh Act was signed by President George W. Bush which charged the U.S. Marshals with investigating and enforcing the law.

The U.S. Marshals Service, America’s oldest Federal Law Enforcement Agency, arrested more than 36,000 federal fugitives, 86,700 state and local fugitives, and 11,800 sex offenders in fiscal year 2013. Our investigative network, techniques, and capabilities allow for our ability to track and apprehend fugitives worldwide who attempt to evade police capture.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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