US Marshals find three missing Washington children, arrest grandparents for kidnapping
SPOKANE, Wash. — The U.S. Marshals have found three Washington children who had been missing since November 2017. They arrested their grandparents on kidnapping charges in Lousiana Tuesday.
According to a press release, the U.S. Marshals Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force worked closelsy on the case with the Spokane Police Department in a four-month, cross-country search for the kids. The children were alleged to have been illegally taken from their mother by their grandparents, David and Susan McConnell in Nov. 2017.
Based on SPD’s investigation, kidnapping warrents were issued for both suspects in Sept. 2018 by Spokane Superior Court. The Marshals tracked the suspects through eleven states, ultimately finding and arresting them in Marksville, Louisiana. The McConnells were in possession of 20 firearms.
The children were placed in protective custody while the National Cneter for Missing and Exploited Children works with authorities to reunite them with their mother in Spokane.
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