(WANE) The FBI is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who the agency says may have critical information about the identity of a child victim in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation.
The man in the photo is referred to as John Doe 47. A video of John Doe 47 shows him with a child and was first recorded by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in August 2020. The EXIF data embedded within the video files indicated that the files were produced prior to April 2020.
John Doe 47 is described as a Black male, likely between the ages of 18 and 25 years old. John Doe 47 could be heard speaking English in the video.
Anyone with information to provide should submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov or call the FBI’s toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324). 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.
John Doe 47 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. 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.