Roanoke County Police Department Detective Christopher S. Welch was one of five officers from across the country to be honored for his work in the recovery of a young girl who was taken from her home in Roanoke and transported to San Francisco, CA following the murder of her mother.
Investigators discovered the 12-year-old girl was missing after her mother’s body was found inside their home. Welch coordinated the investigation that would ultimately involve more than 80 investigators from multiple local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The investigation revealed that the girl was in the company of the boyfriend and that he was preparing to leave the area. An AMBER Alert was issued and the media were asked to assist in the search. Five days into the investigation the missing girl was recovered after being recognized outside a grocery store in San Francisco, CA by a woman who had seen her story on the news.
Welch and others were honored for their extraordinary efforts in resolving missing child cases and protecting children from victimization at the 16th Annual Congressional Breakfast on Capitol Hill. The event is held each year to commemorate National Missing Children’s day. It is hosted by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in partnership with the Fraternal Order of Police and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.