LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Federal investigators Wednesday sought the public’s assistance in identifying two females who may have information about a sex abuse case involving a minor.
The unidentified women, “Jane Doe #25” and “Jane Doe #26”, are not seen in newly released digital images and video, but they may be able to provide valuable details regarding the identity of the victim, FBI investigators said.
KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reports investigators say the victim is believed to be a young girl between six and eight years old who has suffered abuse by an unidentified male over the past several years.
“The images are horrific,” said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.
Photographs of the suspect were not immediately available.
The whereabouts of the unidentified women are not currently known, but investigators believe that the individuals may possibly have ties to Los Angeles, Riverside or San Bernardino counties.
“There are clues taken from images and video of real child pornography. We have clues that this is taking place in the San Bernardino area, perhaps the vicinity of Desert Hot Springs. Some of the images we have are of the victim swimming in a pool at a hotel in Desert Hot Springs. Another image is of the little girl wearing a ‘Junior Fire Marshal’ hat from San Bernardino County,” said Eimiller.
Jane Doe #25 was described as white, likely between the ages of 18 and 25, with dark hair and a large outline of a wing tattoo covering most of her back. The tattoo may have been enhanced with color since the date of the image being released.
Jane Doe #26 is described as possibly Hispanic, likely between the ages of 25 and 35, with dark hair and brown eyes.
Initial images and videos of the child being photographed while engaging in sexually explicit activities were first documented by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in August of 2012, and continue to be circulated in numerous child pornography forums on the Internet, authorities said.
No charges have been filed in this case and the individuals pictured in photographs being released are presumed innocent at this time, according to the FBI.
Anyone with information is urged to contact their local FBI office or call the FBI’s toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI. A tip may also be submitted online at FBI.gov.