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FBI believes they've identified person depicted as 'John Doe 34'

John Doe 34 (Source: FBI) John Doe 34 (Source: FBI)
A doll seen in the background of the video. (Source: FBI) A doll seen in the background of the video. (Source: FBI)
A wooden armoire from the background of the video. (Source: FBI) A wooden armoire from the background of the video. (Source: FBI)
A sketch of John Doe 34. (Source: FBI) A sketch of John Doe 34. (Source: FBI)

UPDATE: The FBI said Wednesday they have identified the person referenced in the release issued Tuesday. Officials said that at this time, no arrest warrants have been issued or served - however, the investigation is ongoing.

From the FBI: 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking the public’s assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male who may have critical information pertaining to the identity of a child victim in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation. Photographs and an informational poster depicting the unknown individual, known only as John Doe 34, are being disseminated to the public and can be found online at the FBI website at http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap.

Initial videos of the unidentified male, John Doe 34, shown with a child were first recorded by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in July of 2015. Investigators for the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have successfully enhanced images depicting John Doe 34 and believe they contain several clues, which may assist with the identification of the subject. For example, additional images relevant to the investigation include those depicting a wooden armoire and a doll which were seen in the background of the videos.

Based on John Doe 34’s accent heard in the video, it is believed that John Doe 34 resides in the southern region of the United States. Furthermore, investigative clues in the videos suggest that the abuse of the child victim potentially occurred around the Thanksgiving holiday. In an effort to prevent further abuse during the upcoming holiday, the FBI is seeking the public’s assistance in the identification of John Doe 34.

John Doe 34 is described as a white male, likely between the ages of 18 and 25, with short brown hair and prominent brown eyebrows. 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). 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.

This individual 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.

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