Created: Thu, 14 Nov 2013 10:31:00 EST
Updated: Fri, 15 Nov 2013 11:34:52 EST
The FBI says tips generated by news coverage of a man suspected in the sexual assault of a child may have led agents to the man seen in photographs released by the agency.
Special Agent Stephen Emmett, of the FBI's Atlanta office, said publication of the photos of the man identified only as John Doe 27 generated excellent leads to the Endangered Child Alert Program agents who were working the case. The leads resulted in the agency discontinuing the media campaign.
"It is now believed that tips generated from the November 12, 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," he said. "As of this time, no arrest warrants have been issued or served. ... 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.”
All information relating to John Doe 27, including his “seeking information” poster, podcast, and other information about him found on the FBI website, has been or will be removed.