Kidnapped child missing for 2 years located in Mexico

By SDCN Editor

Atlanta, GA–The U.S. Marshals Service and the Georgia police, with the assistance of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, have rescued an international missing child and facilitated the arrest of her kidnappers, federal authorities said. 

The child has been returned to the U.S. and reunited with her custodial parent. The kidnappers are currently in custody, awaiting trial.

In April 2021 in Smyrna, Cobb County, Georgia, the 4-year-old girl was abducted by her non-custodial biological mother, Andrea McCord. On that day, McCord was participating in a supervised visit with the child. McCord took the child and, with the help of her boyfriend Custodio Guerra, fled. Arrest warrants were subsequently issued for McCord and Guerra. After the abduction, the Smyrna Police contacted the U.S. Marshals Service and requested assistance in recovering the kidnapped child and arresting the perpetrators.

The U.S. Marshals Service took the case. Utilizing their international and cross-jurisdictional abilities, advanced investigative tools, and long-established professional relationships—they located the victim and the kidnappers in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosi. On July 15, in the city of Rioverde, Mexican law enforcement arrested McCord and Guerra and safely recovered the child. The missing child and the kidnappers were immediately turned over to American authorities. On July 16, the child was reunited with her father.

“From the moment we took the case, we knew we would successfully rescue the child and bring the wrongdoers to justice,” U.S. Marshal Thomas Brown said. “This young victim is now back where she belongs, in the arms of her father. The fugitives are where they belong, behind bars, awaiting their day in court.”

“Every now and then, we get to replace the word captured at the end of an investigation with the word recovered. Both words are hard-earned but recovered holds a special meaning for all of us. We are pleased and proud that we were able to be a part of the team that made this happen,” said Jim Joyner, commander of the U.S. Marshals Service Southeastern Regional Fugitive Task Force.

The U.S. Marshals Service is the primary federal agency charged with conducting missing child recovery and fugitive investigations. They regularly work in concert with other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to seek out and arrest violent fugitives and sex offenders.

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