FBI “CARD” Team Traces Abductor Via Cellphone Signals


A newly created team of FBI agents who specialize in locating abducted children traced cellphone signals to find a Washington State woman accused of kidnapping her infant daughter, reports the Seattle Times. It was the first time a Child Abduction Rapid Deployment (CARD) team had been deployed in the state. Rebecca Forrester, 32, was arrested Saturday after agents tracked the convicted felon’s cellphone signal to a Cheyenne, Wy., supermarket parking lot.

When an Amber Alert failed to turn up Forrester or her daughter, the FBI brought in two profilers from Virginia, as well as agents from Los Angeles, Sacramento, Ca., and Dallas to comprise a CARD team. CARD teams, first formed in 2005, include members of the FBI’s behavioral-analysis unit, the bureau’s crimes-against-children unit and field agents. It only took about a half-hour after Forrester’s cellphone signal was traced to Wyoming before she was in handcuffs. Forrester’s custody of four other children had been revoked because of her criminal past and her history with child-protective-services agencies in Washington and Arizona.

Link: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2003697699_cellphone08m.html

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