Criminal Minds (2005– )
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The BAU profiles a child abductor who may have been keeping children for more than eight years.


Jeff Davis (created by), Simon Mirren | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi
Paget Brewster ... Emily Prentiss
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Bud Cort ... Roger Roycewood
Ann Cusack ... Sarah Hillridge
Beth Grant ... Anita Weld Roycewood
Toby Huss ... Frank Lynch
Evan Peters ... Charlie Hillridge
Cameron Protzman ... Aimee Lynch
Brooke Smith ... Barbara Lynch
Debra Sullivan ... Mrs. Shepherd


The BAU's latest case brings a face familiar to J.J. into their office. The familiar face is that of Sarah Hillridge, whose son Charlie was abducted eight years ago when he was eight. Sarah, who believes Charlie is still alive, comes to see J.J. anytime the BAU work on a child abduction case, the latest abducted child being eight year old Aimee Lynch. However J.J. cannot deny that Aimee's abduction bears a striking similarity to Charlie's: the abductions took place in northeast Virginia, the parents were distracted from their own child upon hearing another mother yelling for her own missing child, and the children were abducted in an extremely public location. Upon further investigation, Garcia discovers twelve children in total, all abducted within Virginia in the last ten years, all around the same age, none of the bodies ever found. The BAU come up with a profile of unsubs who could easily keep a lot of children without seeming unusual, and what agencies would have contact with ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

3 March 2010 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the locations Matthew Gray Gubler scouted for shooting, but didn't use, was later used as the eponymous building in "Criminal Minds: Heathridge Manor (2012)", another episode he directed. See more »


The initial scenes take place at a winter festival in Virginia, but all the trees still have foliage. See more »


Penelope Garcia: [Typing on her computer] I don't think I'm gonna find anything and I am rarely wrong, so...
[a result pops up]
Penelope Garcia: I'm wrong!
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Written by Dave Tipper
Performed by Dave Tipper (as Tipper)
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Great episode missing important detail at end.
4 October 2019 | by jackcole-96859See all my reviews

Think this is one of the more compelling episodes of the series and my favorite from the season. The one detail missing is who the 3rd in the operation is I know the women screaming for her child at the festival wasn't the old hag who tried to burn children, but who was it? Anyone know?

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