Investigators ask for your help in identifying “John Doe 37”

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Law enforcement officials are seeking information that will lead to the identification of an unknown individual known only as John Doe 37. It's believed that this person may have information pertaining to the identity of a child victim in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation.


An investigative sketch of John Doe 37.

Videos containing John Doe 37 first came to the attention of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in June of 2014. The data found within the original video files indicate that the videos were produced in April of 2012. Also, audio from the animated film "The Land Before Time" can be heard in the background of the videos.

John Doe 37 is described as a White male with brown hair and wearing dark-framed glasses.

This case is part of the FBI's Endangered Child Alert Program (ECAP), which works to identify people involved in the sexual abuse of children and the production of child pornography.


An image of John Doe captured in a video that is being investigated as child pornography.

The FBI, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and ECAP all work together to draw the world's attention to helping expose unknown adults, referred to as Jane/John Does, that are suspected to be involved in child pornography.

These organizations advertise images, sounds, partial facial features, and even background images in hopes that someone from the public is able to provide information that can identify the unknown adults.

Since the founding of ECAP, 37 John/Jane Does have been investigated, 24 of which have been successfully identified. These investigations have led to the identification of 43 child victims.

To help locate current suspects, see the Endangered Child Alert Program Most Wanted webpage.

Anyone with information to provide should submit a tip online at, or call the FBI’s toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).


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