U.S. marshals have joined a nationwide search for a Des Moines man accused of sexually abusing three of his children, officials announced Tuesday.
Authorities believe he has left Des Moines. The marshals have nationwide jurisdiction, which could help in the search.
Marshals have given the case “major case status” nationwide, calling it to the attention of their headquarters and making more resources available.
Officials were considering adding Beaudrie to their “Top 15 Most Wanted” list.
The participation of marshals means two things for the search: law enforcement nationwide can recognize Beaudrie if they spot him, and marshals can investigate without observing the geographic boundaries of Des Moines, which police must do.
“The coordination between districts is much more seamless,” said Mike Powell, a supervisory deputy marshal.
There was at least one complaint made from one of Beaudrie’s children to West Des Moines police, and authorities said they believed there had been ongoing abuse in Minnesota, where the family is from.
Marshals said Beaudrie is interested in trading and game cards, such as “Magic: The Gathering” and “Yu-Gi-Oh.” He might be traveling the country attending conventions and trade shows for these cards
, the U.S. Marshals Service said in a news release.
A convention was held in Salt Lake City shortly before his van was found there. Beaudrie reportedly had told his family he was going to a convention when he left Des Moines for the last time more than two weeks ago.
Before then, he had been cooperating with law enforcement, police said.
Beaudrie’s wife, Kijua Beaudrie, 35, was arrested Monday and faces three charges of neglect of a dependent person. She made her first court appearance Tuesday morning at the Polk County Jail. District Court Judge Cynthia Moisan set a $30,000 bond.
Moisan also ordered Kijua Beaudrie to have no contact with any of her children.
“You can’t call them, write them, email them, text them, Facebook, Twitter, no contact,” Moisan said.