State Department Diplomatic Security Service Agents Tracked Man Accused of Massachusetts Murder
Four special agents with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) have been honored with the U.S. Marshals Service’s Award for Investigative Excellence.
The Marshals Service honored special agents Robert Kelty, Jason Meixner, Paul Trachtenberg, and Wade De Witt for their collaboration with international law enforcement agencies that resulted in the return to the United States of a fugitive murder suspect who had been featured on the “America’s Most Wanted” television show.
The fugitive, Patrick Brown, was accused of stabbing a man to death in Boston in 1995. De Witt, the Regional Security Officer at the U.S. Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica and his colleague Meixner began investigating Brown’s activities with a Jamaican drug gang in September 2009. As the investigation in Costa Rica intensified, Brown fled to neighboring Belize. There Kelty and Trachtenberg, with help from the U.S. Marshals Service, picked up the trail and tracked Brown to southern Belize in February of this year, where he was arrested by local authorities. Brown was flown to the United States and is expected to stand trial for murder.
The DS agents’ investigation and partnership with Costa Rican and Belizean law enforcement was critical to capturing the suspect.
The United States Marshals Service Award for Investigative Excellence through International Collaboration honors those members of the international law enforcement community who have performed in an exemplary manner and have made significant contributions to the efficient and effective administration of justice around the globe.
Donny O’Hearn, Chief of the International Investigations Branch for the U.S. Marshals Service, presented the award on Thursday, May 20 at the 12th Annual International Fugitive Investigators Conference in Toronto, Canada.
The Bureau of Diplomatic Security is the U.S. Department of State’s law enforcement and security arm. The special agents, engineers, and security professionals of the Bureau are responsible for the security of 285 U.S. diplomatic missions around the world. In the United States, Diplomatic Security personnel investigate passport and visa fraud, conduct personnel security investigations, and protect the Secretary of State and high-ranking foreign dignitaries and officials visiting the United States. More information about the U.S. Department of State and the Bureau of Diplomatic Security may be obtained at www.state.gov/m/ds.