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FBI hunts ‘John Doe’ in child exploitation investigation, seeks public’s help

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Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot
Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot

HAVE YOU SEEN HIM? The FBI this morning released images of a man who the bureau said may have critical information about the identity of a victimized girl in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation.

Images of the man identified as “John Doe 29″ first came to the attention of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in January 2008, New Jersey Special FBI Agent in Charge Richard M. Frankel said.

Images of him were digitally enhanced to provide what Frankel said the bureau hopes are clues that will jog the memory of someone who knows the man or had contact with him.

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“John Doe 29″ isn’t accused of abusing the girl, Frankel emphasized, but investigators “are hoping to interview him about the location of the victim—the ultimate goal is to rescue the child.”

He is believed to be between 30 and 45 and has been captured in images wearing a silver ring on his left ring finger, as well blue and white velcro Nike tennis shoes, Frankel said.

Images also show him wearing a white, black and red shirt with what appears to be a design and/or writing on the sleeves.

“There are no specific details linking the man to a particular state or region of the United States, and both his identity and whereabouts are currently unknown,” Frankel said.
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If you have seen “John Doe 29,” or know where to find him, please contact:

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Newark Field Office
11 Centre Place
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 792-3000

Or call the FBI’s toll-free tip line: 1-800-CALL-FBI ( 1-800-225-5324 )

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The man “is being sought as part of the FBI’s Operation Rescue Me and Endangered Child Alert Program (ECAP) initiatives, both of which represent strategic partnerships between the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children,” the bureau said.

“Operation Rescue Me focuses on utilizing clues obtained through in-depth image analysis to identify the child victims depicted in child exploitation material, while ECAP seeks national and international media exposure of unknown adults (referred to as John/Jane Does) who visibly display their faces and/or other distinguishing characteristics in association with child pornography images,” it said.

“The public is reminded no charges have been filed in this case and the pictured individual is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law,” the FBI emphasized.

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