FBI locates ‘John Doe 27’

Man in Midwest accused of child abuse



UPDATE: November 14, 2013

It is now believed that tips generated from the November 12, 2013, publicity campaign have led to the identification and location (in the Midwest region of the USA) of the man in the photographs known as John Doe 27. As of this time, no arrest warrants have been issued or served. Based upon the progress of this investigation, the FBI has determined that no additional publicity of these images is necessary. No further comments will be made as the investigation remains ongoing, however the FBI wishes to express its gratitude to the public for their vigilance and assistance in this case.

ORIGINAL RELEASE: November 12, 2013

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public’s assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male suspected of sexually exploiting a child. Photographs and informational posters depicting the unknown individual, known only as John Doe 27, are being disseminated to the public.

Initial images and videos of the unidentified adult male, John Doe 27, being photographed while engaging in sexually explicit activities with a child were first recorded by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in April of 2013. They are still being circulated in numerous child pornography forums across the Internet. Investigators for the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have successfully enhanced a number of photos depicting John Doe 27 and believe there are several clues which may assist with the identification of the subject. For example, images depict the subject and the victim inside a residence with a distinct plaid chair, male pattern baldness on the back of the subject’s head, and a ring on the subject’s right ring finger. Based on audio which can be heard from the video, it is believed that the individual may have referred to himself as “Jimmy.”