RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation needs the public's help identifying an unknown man who may have critical information about a child victim in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation.
Photographs and an informational poster depicting the unknown individual, known only as John Doe 29, are being disseminated to the public and can be found online at the FBI website at http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap .
Initial images of John Doe 29, shown with a child, were first recorded by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in January 2008, the FBI said in a news release sent to the media. FBI investigators and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children enhanced the images of John Doe 29, and believe they contain several clues that could help identify the victim.
The FBI said images relevant to the investigation show the man wearing a silver ring on his left ring finger, the victim wearing blue and white Velcro Nike brand tennis shoes, and the background where the images were taken. Additionally, the man is seen wearing a white, black, and red shirt with what appears to be a design and/or writing on the sleeves.
The FBI says 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.
John Doe 29 is described as a man with a tan complexion, likely between the ages of 30 and 45, with dark hair. Anyone with information to provide should submit a tip online at https://tips.fbi.gov/ , or call the FBI's toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).
According to the FBI, no charges have been filed in this case and John Doe 29 is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
The FBI is looking for John Doe 29 as part of the bureau's Operation Rescue Me and Endangered Child Alert Program (ECAP) initiatives, which represent strategic partnerships between the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.