The US Marshals Service has found 35 missing children in Northeast Ohio in one month during its Operation Safety Net program.
The Marshals said in a news release that they partnered with state and local agencies to find and recover the kids - all between the ages of 13 and 18 and considered missing and endangered - during the operation.
United States Marshal Pete Elliott told Fox 8 that in some cases, the children were abused and neglected and about a quarter of them were involved in human trafficking or prostitution.
The agency said about 20 per cent of the 35 found children's cases were tied to human trafficking and those particular cases have now been referred over to Ohio's Cuyahoga County Human Trafficking Task Force.
The children were found all over the state, including cities Akron, Cleveland, Euclid, Columbus and Mansfield. At least one child was found as far away as Miami, Florida.
The children had been missing for anywhere from a few days to months or years.
he 35 children found were among the 40 cases that had been referred to Marshals Task Force.
The Marshals will continue to search for the remaining five children whose cases are still open, the agency said.
Those Ohio children are: Leantwana Bates, 17, and Yalonda Bates, 15, both of Youngstown; Ja-Niva Scott-Lee, 16, of Cleveland; Alicia Jackson, 16, of Berea, and Isaac Ortiz, 16, of Lorain.
The agency said that they will also continue to search for other missing children.