KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The FBI is asking for the public's help in identifying a person who they say may be able to provide information in a child sexual exploitation case.
According to authorities, the individual of interest came to the bureau's attention in November of 2005 after photographs surfaced on the Internet depicting a prepubescent female, approximately 10 years old, posing naked in sexually explicit positions.
Agents say that also visible in the photographs is an unknown male who can be seen witnessing the exploitation of this child from a bed nearby.
These photographs have been circulated/traded as child pornography among various illegal Internet forums. Enhancement of the pictures identified what appears to be a child's drinking cup from Quiktrip, narrowing the search down to the 13 U.S. metropolitan areas where Quiktrip stores are located: Atlanta, Georgia; Charlotte, North Carolina; Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas; Des Moines, Iowa; Omaha, Nebraska; Greenville/Spartanburg, South Carolina; Kansas City, Missouri; Springfield, Missouri; Wichita, Kansas; Phoenix, Arizona; Tucson, Arizona; St. Louis, Missouri; and Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Authorities say that a baseball cap displaying what could be the logo of a local sports team and a partial image of a telephone book are also potential clues regarding the location of the endangered child.
The individual's identity and current whereabouts are unknown. According to the FBI, the individual wanted for questioning appears to be an older white male between 55 and 65 years of age, with brown eyes, gray hair and a full beard and mustache.
Anyone with information to provide should contact their local FBI office, submit a tip online at https://tips.fbi.gov/, or call the FBI's toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI.