U.S. Marshals locate missing kids in Marksville allegedly kidnapped by grandparents

MARKSVILLE, La. (U.S. Marshal Service / KHQ) - The U.S. Marshal Service has located three missing Washington state children in Marksville who were allegedly kidnapped by their grandparents.

According to a release from the Service, the children were allegedly taken illegally from their mother by their grandparents, David and Susan McConnell, in November 2017. Kidnapping warrants were issued for both suspects in September 2018.

The Marshals tracked the suspects through 11 states before finding and arresting them in Marksville, in possession of 20 guns.

The children were recovered without incident and have been placed in protective custody while the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children works with authorities to reunite them with their mother.

“Child abductions are very serious crimes,” said U.S. Marshal Craig Thayer. “We could not wish for a better outcome than what happened with this case, with three children recovered safely and the two suspects in custody. The cooperation and ongoing relationships between the U.S. Marshals and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, as well as all our partner law enforcement agencies, are key to resolving these types of cases, as is the ability to reach across jurisdictional lines to arrest suspects. In this case, we could not have done it without the hard work of the Spokane Police Department and the other partner agencies on our task force.”

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