Federal agents seek help in identifying endangered teen
ICE officials are hoping to identify this child who is believed to be between 13 and 19 years old.
June 21st, 2012
01:18 PM ET

Federal agents seek help in identifying endangered teen

Federal agents in Minnesota are trying to solve a mystery in hopes of helping some children in a dangerous situation. Agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations are asking for the public's help in identifying a boy they believe to be in his teens seen in a Web-based video.

Asking for help in this way is unusual according to ICE spokesperson Shawn Neudauer.

“Issuing a public plea is an extraordinary step by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations warranted by our belief that there may be young people at risk, without the ability to ask for law enforcement’s help," he said.

The child is thought to be between 13 and 19 and possibly has been in either Minnesota or western Wisconsin in the past 18 to 24 months. Agents think that by identifying the teen they will be able to help at least one other child out of a dangerous situation and possibly more.

People with information can contact ICE/HSI on their tip line at 866-347-2423 or on-line at http://www.ice.gov/tips/

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  1. Anonymous

    Photo looks a lot like Jacob Wetterling, but the age is wrong.

    June 22, 2012 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
    • astrosquirrel

      Jacob would be an adult in his 20's by now. This person looks like a young tean. He still has a round face, typical of boys who haven't reached their late teens.

      June 22, 2012 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
    • ghost runner

      Jacob Wetterling would be in his early 30s and if the person they were looking for was him I am sure you would hear more about it.

      June 22, 2012 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Dawn

      Looks nothing like Jacob....too bad its not Etan Patz....too young

      June 22, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kim

    His eyes are 3 miles apart! They could have used photoshop to fix this!

    June 22, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Cjbrooks

      Why would they photoshop someone that they are trying to identify? That would defeat the whole purpose of locating people who might recognize him.

      June 22, 2012 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. HeatherIsOnFire

    was he getting Sandusky'd or something?

    June 22, 2012 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  4. Marc

    Part of getting people to care about something is giving them a story that's more then unidentified person might be in danger because we say so, maybe... possibly....

    June 22, 2012 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
    • breakingbad

      No doubt....make me care and maybe I can help. How do you make me care? By personalizing it...How do you personalize it? Find something I can relate to...How can I relate to it? By giving me information and making it real.

      June 22, 2012 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. rhonda

    if homeland security is involved than it involves security somewhere or it invoves several security issues

    June 22, 2012 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  6. Becky

    i hope they find him!!!!!

    June 22, 2012 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. Hamsta

    Exactly what kind of danger is he in? Total lack of information. What, is his dad a serial killer? Is his mom Susan Smith's sister? Did his ex girfriend hire a hitman? Was he abducted by aliens? Did the local priest kidnap him? Exactly what kind of danger is he in?

    June 22, 2012 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank Furter

      He is not in any danger. The stills are from a video where he gets naked waist down and is doing stuff to his younger sis (approx 4yrs). She isn't exactly putting up a struggle either. Several things happen in the 14 min vid then at the end I think someone comes homes coz he jumps up and gets dressed. The Feds deliberately word it to make it sound like he is in danger hoping that more people might ID him. Apparently he's 15. The actual child the Feds are saying is in danger is his sis.

      September 13, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jack Skellington

    Hoax.

    June 22, 2012 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  9. Concerned

    Looks a little like fetal alcohol syndrome. Possibly adopted from Russia ; now a runaway or abandoned.?

    June 22, 2012 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
  10. DogBitez

    Geez, people. Assume the obvious first.. this is a real kid and he needs real help. Maybe it's all proof-positive of conspiracy theory stuff or its media hype or it's Obama or it's whatever. Or maybe this is a real human being who's suffeing. I'd rather make a mistake attempting to help someone than make the mistake of ignoring someone in dire need.

    June 22, 2012 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank Furt.er

      He is not in any danger. The stills are from a video where he gets naked waist down and is doing stuff to his younger sis (approx 4yrs). She isn't exactly putting up a struggle either. Several things happen in the 14 min vid then at the end I think someone comes homes coz he jumps up and gets dressed. The Feds deliberately word it to make it sound like he is in danger hoping that more people might ID him. Apparently he's 15. The actual child the Feds are saying is in danger is his sis.

      September 13, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Chris

    Maybe they want to arrest him for vandalism. Or J-walking. Or he shoplifted a chupa chup

    June 22, 2012 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  12. wert

    You know its a shame hes not under 17...because here in America 17 is the legal age you are no longer considered a child.

    June 22, 2012 at 4:05 am | Report abuse |
  13. Yuveth

    If he is in danger.. I hope he gets help.. but seriously.. this sounds a bit fishy ... Of all the stories we read of children who are missing / in trouble .... they actually have a story and just tell it ... only thing you say here is that the boy is in danger ...

    So... who is he in danger of?

    June 22, 2012 at 4:31 am | Report abuse |
  14. spike

    Maybe he was last seen horsing around with his family's weather balloon.

    June 22, 2012 at 4:48 am | Report abuse |
  15. wordsdontmatter

    wait...are not we all threatening to hurt, destroy, and maim the middle school 12 year old plus kids on the other part of CNN for 'bullying' a grandma into 415,000$... i mean how could we help this kid now after you just taught us they are evil?

    June 22, 2012 at 4:53 am | Report abuse |
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