UPDATE November 14, 2013: The FBI said it is now believed tips from the public have led to the identification and location of the man in the photographs known as John Doe 27. It’s believed he’s in the Midwest region of the United States. The FBI said it continues to work the case and has determined no additional publicity of the images is necessary. The FBI expressed its gratitude to the public for its vigilance and assistance in the case.
Earlier this week, the FBI asked for the media and public’s help to stop a child predator. They released a few pictures of the man and a photo of a unique piece of furniture they hoped someone would recognize.
The man’s name isn’t known yet.
In April 2013, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) found video online of the man engaging in sexually explicit acts with a child. Those images are still circulating through child pornography forums on the Internet.
The video shows a glimpse of the man’s face, the back of his head, and his right hand. He appears to be a white male, possibly in his 40s or 50s, with dark hair and dark eyes.
Investigators hope someone will recognize him so he can be caught, and the child can be safely recovered.
“These types of individuals typically don’t stop with one victim,” said Special Agent Shanna Daniels, who is investigating the case. “That’s why we need to catch him before other children are victimized.”
The FBI also identified a distinct plaid chair in the video, in a corner. The hope is someone familiar with the house might recognize it.
Based on the audio recovered from the video, it’s is believed the man may have referred to himself as “Jimmy” and may have been speaking with a Southern accent.
Special Agent Daniels stressed there are no specific details linking the man to a particular state or region of the country.
“The only thing we can say for certain is that this guy is an offender,” she added, “and we need to stop him.”
If you have any information about the man, or if you recognize the chair, please call the FBI’s toll-free tip line immediately at 1-800-CALL-FBI. More information at FBI.gov.