This week, over 18 law enforcement agencies will be attending a training developed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to assist first responders during the early stages of a child’s disappearance.
The training, Joint-Child Abduction Rapid Deployment (J-CARD), will provide the identical training to local, state, and other federal agencies the FBI’s CARD team uses when responding to child abductions.
The CARD team, with members across the United States, provides resources during the initial critical stage following an abduction and throughout the investigation.
(WARNING. Intended for mature audiences. Viewer discretion is advised. Each year more than 100 children are abducted in the U.S. In order to respond quickly the FBI calls on the Child Abduction Rapid Deployment team or C.A.R.D. to assist local agencies when a child is missing. Courtesy of Investigation Discovery and YouTube)
The FBI’s CARD Team consists of investigators and analysts with significant child abduction experience; the Richmond Division of the FBI has three CARD members.
J-CARD’s development will create a pool of resources for any agency responding to a potential child abduction, and is expected to improve response time to abductions and increase the chances of recovering a child safely.
This training consists of classroom discussion and will culminate in a field training exercise in the Chesterfield area on Thursday, November 2, 2017.
The media is encouraged to attend the scheduled press conference, at which time Special Agent in Charge Adam Lee will discuss the obvious benefits of this training.
(Learn More. In 2016 alone, NCMEC assisted law enforcement with more than 20,500 cases of missing children. Look at the photos in the following link and if you have any information regarding a missing child, call NCMEC at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678). Courtesy of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and YouTube)
Chiefs and sheriffs whose agencies have attended this training will also be available for interview as part of this press conference.
The public will notice an increased presence of law enforcement personnel, with investigators conducting “interviews” in and around Chesterfield County.
The FBI has requested we provide advanced notification to the public of this field training exercise on Thursday, November 2 so our communities are not alarmed by the police activity.
The Wesley Dale Morgan Case
For example, in an effort to recover a missing child, the FBI deployed its Child Abduction Rapid Deployment (CARD) Team to Louisiana to assist the FBI New Orleans Division and the FBI Baton Rouge Joint-CARD team with investigating a 16-year-old cold case.
In May 2001, Wesley Dale Morgan disappeared from Clinton, Louisiana and has never been seen since.
Throughout the years, the case remained open, and the FBI New Orleans Division has continued the case with perseverance.
However, with new technology, additional resources, and the Elite CARD Team operating under the Violent Crimes Against Children Section, the FBI and local law enforcement have been reinvestigating Wesley Dale Morgan’s disappearance.
FBI CARD Teams consist of highly trained and experienced subject-matter experts, including of FBI agents, intelligence analysts, and behavioral analysis profilers.
CARD also utilizes resources from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and a variety of search teams.
CARD Teams provide on-the-ground investigative, technical, analytical, and resource assistance during non-family child abductions, ransom child abductions, and mysterious disappearances of children.
In an effort to locate Wesley Dale Morgan and bring closure to the family, the CARD Team, with assistance from state and local law enforcement, have been conducting countless interviews and extensive searches throughout the course of this investigation.