The FBI is asking for the public's help getting information that could solve a child sexual exploitation investigation.
It wants everyone to see a help wanted poster because agents don't know if the people on it may be in our area or may have traveled through here. Finding them could help find a victim who may be in danger.
We cannot show you the images of a particular young girl being sexually exploited. She first came to the attention of law enforcement in 2003, but authorities haven't identified her.
"I think this child has certainly been in danger," explains Assistant Special Agent in Charge Alasdair Mackenzie. "Obviously she's been out there for ten years and until we can prove otherwise I would say this child could still be in a dangerous situation."
Mackenzie says the FBI believes someone knows who this child might be, but instead of releasing her pornographic image and risking re-victimizing her, they look for other clues.
"We put out other items that may be something that will catch people's attention," the 23-year-FBI employee told us.
The FBI has labeled the two men on the poster "persons of interest" and says images of both were found on the Internet. Those, along with photos of a home with what appears to be yellow siding and an above ground pool and a "New Market basketball" T-shirt could also help the investigation.
"Obviously this came to our attention because of New Market, Virginia, a town in Shenandoah County," Mackenzie explained. "We've done some efforts to try and identify these individuals in those areas so that's why we're going out nationwide."
Agents are looking in "New Markets" from Iowa to Alabama. The image analysis and extensive search are part of Operation Rescue Me and the Endangered Child Alert Program.
Since Operation Rescue Me started in 2008, we're told the FBI has identified and rescued 24 victims.
If you know anything about these photos, you can contact your local office or submit a tip online.
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