FEBRUARY 1, 2007 - Posted at 6:57 a.m. CST
ST. LOUIS, MO - New FBI teams that help look for missing children have been activated just 16 times nationwide.
But they have twice come to Missouri to help with the Abby Woods and Ben Ownby cases, which have drawn national attention in recent months.
The Child Abduction Rapid Deployment teams are made up of four to six FBI staffers with experience in child abductions. Four dozen agents throughout the country work on the teams. They provide investigative and technical assistance to state and local law enforcers.
They largely work behind the scenes. In the Missouri cases, they helped assess what needed to be done and managed leads during the searches.