Operation Safe Space, an operation led by U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) and the Akron Police Department (APD) has led to the location and/or recovery of 23 missing or high-risk juveniles from the Akron area.

Operation safe space began on August 9, and is continuing throughout September with a focus on vulnerable juveniles, making sure they are not only recovered, but also provided any services they need upon recovery.

Juveniles were recovered in Akron, Canton, Warren, Cuyahoga Falls and Cleveland. Additionally, two adults were charged with interference with custody, as well as obstructing official business for keeping the juveniles from their legal guardians and attempting to mislead investigators.

According to U.S. Marshal, Pete Elliott, the recovery and service of endangered and/or high risk juveniles is a top priority for U.S. Marshals. 

"The recovery of our high-risk youth is of the utmost importance and we take that responsibility seriously to find and locate these kids quickly and safely. The USMS and its excellent law enforcement partners, whose hard work and dedication is evident during operations like this," Elliott said.

Anyone with information on a known fugitive should contact the Northern Ohio Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED or send an anonymous tip here