On Friday, the US Marshals Service announced the rescue of five children who have been missing from Washington state since 2021, and the arrest of two of the “fifteen most wanted” fugitives in connection with their disappearance.
Edgar Salvador Cassian García, 34, and his girlfriend, Araceli Medina, 38, are charged with a crime kill a childas well as four counts of first-degree rape and three counts of first-degree assault on a child.
The US Marshals, with assistance from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), recovered their five surviving children—including both their infant son and Medina’s four biological children—in Mexico and returned them to United State.
“We are so grateful for all five missing children “The crimes with which Araceli Medina and Edgar Cassian Garcia are accused are heinous and we commend their unwavering dedication,” John Bischoff, who oversees NCMEC’s missing children division, said in a statement Friday. law enforcement. This successful rescue operation is testament to the critical importance of cooperation and community involvement in protecting the most vulnerable populations.”
The years-long international search for Casian-Garcia and Medina begins in 2021, when Mexican officials He located his two daughters, ages 3 and 8, who had been abandoned at a gas station in Tijuana, Mexico, where they had been subjected to “severe physical and sexual abuse,” according to the NCMEC.
The two girls were placed in child protective custody in Mexico, but word of their recovery did not reach their hometown of Pasco, Washington, until half a year later. The 8-year-old said she survived “unimaginable torture” and rape Washington houseThe agency reported.
Authorities searched for months without leads until February 2022, when hikers discovered human remains in rural Benton County, Washington, about 20 minutes from Cassian Garcia and Medina, Washington’s home. The remains were later identified as Casian-Garcia’s son, Edgar Jr.
The couple gave their youngest child the same name as Casian-Garcia killed son
Kennewick, Washington, Det. “What we’ve seen from this investigation is that they have no problem with child abuse — outright killing,” John Davis said in a statement in February 2022.
The fugitives on the USMS’s “15 Most Wanted” list are generally considered “the worst of the worst,” including murderers, child molesters, drug kingpins, and organized criminals, according to the NCMEC.