Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer announced on Friday, Nov. 22 that Chad Voelkel has returned to the Polk County Detention Center. Voelkel was extradited from Canada and flown to XNA Airport in Bentonville on Friday by the US Marshal’s Service. 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office took custody of Chad Voelkel and returned him to Mena to await trial on Rape and Failure to Appear.

Voelkel was arrested for Rape by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 3, 2019. He was out on bond and scheduled for a jury trial on May 23, 2019. When Voelkel failed to appear for his jury trail, a warrant was issued for Failure to Appear.

It was quickly determined that Voelkel had fled the area with his wife, Stephanie Voelkel and four of his minor children. A warrant was issued for Stephanie for Permitting Abuse of a Minor.

The Voelkels were located and arrested on July 10, 2019 by Canadian authorities in the Portage la Prairie area of Manitoba, Canada. The four Voelkel children were turned over to Arkansas Department of Human Services shortly after their parent’s arrest.

Stephanie is still in Canadian custody awaiting extradition to Polk County to face charges of Permitting the Abuse of a Minor.

Sheriff Sawyer stated, “I would like to thank my deputies and the US Marshal’s Service for their hard work and dedication on this case. Without the involvement of the US Marshal’s Service, we might still be looking for them”. Sheriff Sawyer also wanted to thank US Attorney Dak Kees, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canadian Border Services, the Arkansas Department of Human Services, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for their assistance. “This was a team effort. Everyone involved was focused on finding the Voelkel children and making sure that Chad and Stephanie Voelkel were brought back to face justice,” Sawyer concluded.

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