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. Callous Disregard

    typical of the government. no details as to why you need this or what the situation is.

    June 22, 2012 at 5:09 am | Report abuse |
    • sdcanyon

      typical of the gov't, but rightfully as it should be. Protecting the victim.

      June 22, 2012 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      You just want to see a train wreck...why do you need to know?

      June 22, 2012 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Court

      Did you consider that their discretion is due to the privacy of the child? If this boy is being vicitiized, would he would appreciate that being broadcast nationally so that people would recoginize him and know the exact nature of his abuse?

      June 22, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • ofCanada

      You're name suits you. You don't need to know the situation. You need to see the picture and maybe remember seeing this kid.

      Later, when the press gets the story about what happened the public's curiosity will be slaked.

      June 22, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Sammie

      why do you need a reason? They're obviosly trying to maintian the integrity of an investigation and a child's life may be in danger..

      Isn't that enough?
      (If not, move on and let someone else try to find the kid)

      June 22, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Sammie

      Quit whining and try to figure out if you've seen the kid or not

      June 22, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • notalright

      With details comes bias and bias counters the very thing they are doing.

      June 22, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bob

    sheeple gather, lets do whatever the govt asks us, but dont ask them anything....

    June 22, 2012 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
    • LeSigh

      It's pretty safe to assume that it has to do with the pedo rings ICE is always trying to break up and prosecute. But by all means, if your fear of government overrides your natural urge to help children in danger...name call away. Being called a sheeple by a dbag kinda cancels out the insult anyway.

      June 22, 2012 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
    • ofCanada

      self-centred hedonists, sit back and make snarky comments about your government in regards to a child. Don't let the other times children have been found because the public got involved. They were probably just set-ups so the government could track who's naive.

      June 22, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. AreYouThatDumb

    It's clearly got something to do with the international pedo search you idiots.
    Why bother reading news if you haven't the brain to read between the lines? Oh wait... You're American.. get to the end and ask ask ask all you're questions huh, seriously.. work it out.

    Horrible situation! I hope they locate these kids soon and safe! Don't be arrogant america.. It happens in you're country the most due to how arrogant your general population is. Open your eyes, offer help.. stop with the pointless time wasting questions and get a move on. You should be ashamed of yourselves that children can feel more safe in a 3rd world country.

    June 22, 2012 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. AreYouThatDumb

    Just reading those comments makes me sick. Children are victims of a pedo ring, Plenty who have access to this story and perhaps some of those who even left comments after sculking the net to see how close the cops are getting.

    America... You'll be the death of yourself. Be ashmaed, Be aware and fix it. The rest of the worl is laughing at you and have been for a long time, But this is no laughing matter... In this situation you're stupidity becomes less ammusing and more of a concern.. I just feel really sorry for your children, genuinely.

    June 22, 2012 at 6:08 am | Report abuse |
  5. Common Sense

    You're probably right...international situation and most likely related to child predators. However, it seems a little obvious that this kid is here illegallly, otherwise we would be looking at all internationals with a passport for identifying this kid. So if he is illegal, how did he get here...and are there more in his wake? Why is it that ICE is so interested in finding this kid versus deporting all of the other illiegals? Would'nt it be great if ICE did this for all of the other illegals? Can you imagine...our televisions overwhelmed by illegals while America silently slept? Hey kid...go home! This is a dangerlous country occupied by a growing number of unlawful occupants!

    June 22, 2012 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
    • DebAH

      For some reason, I get the feeling that the kid is not here "illegally" of his own volition. I'm also quite sure that he WOULD like to go home.

      Nice way to turn this story into a chance to comment about your own agenda, no? A kid is thought to be endangered and all you can comment about is his legal status? smh

      June 22, 2012 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. anonymous

    Did they figure he was from Minnesota because of his shirt? Real crack investigative work there! That's the federal government for ya! And it cost us the taxpayers probably hundreds of thousands for them to arrive at that deduction.

    June 22, 2012 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
    • skippy

      Oh come on! They also said he could be in Wisconsin if you would have read the article. I'm sure they have more to go on than the shirt. AND isn't it more important that they are looking for a young man in a dangerous situation than to spout off about what it's going to cost the "taxpayers"? If more tax dollars went towards finding missing and endangered children I would GLADLY pay a little more!

      June 22, 2012 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
    • heh

      Yes, for sure the shirt and probably the gap as wide as the nile between his eyes 😉

      June 22, 2012 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. TylerDawn

    That isn't a sports team shirt that you can get anywhere, that is a shirt we locals see all the time. If the kid isn't living in MN, he has been here recently or someone who knows him has. Anyone with brains knows what this is probably about, let's stop bickering and get the word out, I sent it to all my MN/WI contacts.

    June 22, 2012 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. Skeptical

    I understand that the government may withhold details of why they are seeking this person to protect his privacy, but without those details I have no ability to trust the government. I've never seen this kid before, but, if I had, you can rest assured that the last person I would tell would be the federal government. At least not unless I knew why they wanted him. It does say ICE is involved, so what, do they just want to deport him or something else I wouldn't approve of? They could tell us something about why, without giving so many details they invaded his privacy.

    June 22, 2012 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  9. Hamsta

    Exactly why is this kid in danger? Total lack of info. What, did his.serial killer killer dad cut him to pieces? Is his mom related to Casey Anthony? Is his girlfriend a psycho? Did the local priest kidnap him? Is some gay pervert telling him to put tje lotion on his skin before he gets the hose again?

    June 22, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  10. Skipdallas

    Le Sigh stated:
    "It's pretty safe to assume that it has to do with the pedo rings ICE is always trying to break up and prosecute."

    I can think of numerous other scenarios for the Feds to want information on this young man. For example: Finding this kid may lead them to a wanted terrorist or other type of criminal. He may be the relative of some high ranking Government functionary that ran away. He could himself be a wunderkind hacker wanted by the Feds. The list is endless if you think about the possibilities. And, yes, saving him from a pervert is on that list too.

    June 22, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  11. zack

    honestly i think people would be more inclined to help out if they were so secretive about it. It doesnt give a single reason as to why people should look out for him so a week from now no one will even remember his story.

    June 22, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  12. k

    He very well may be suicidal. I've called the cops on people attempting suicide (following their blogs), but unfortunately they have no way to track them down because I can't pin down enough pertinent information. It's a real problem with the internet because as long as you don't divulge any personal information, you can chronicle your degradation into suicide without interference, and the other party is only able to watch helplessly. This young man may be in a severe state of distress, and they may want to help him with no way to help him.

    Also, because there possibly may be a minor involved, they cannot divulge personal information. How would you feel if your personal information was given out without the proper information.

    June 22, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  13. The interesting thing is...

    The ICE is actually interested in arresting this boy for posting a nude video of himself.

    June 22, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jan

    GOD Bless this child. The look on his face you can tell he has been through hell. WHEN are they going to start doing something with these Pervs out there. Sorry to say but some of these low lives are Doctors,Judges and Attorneys. No trials,no nothing. Ship them to an island with not a darn thing.

    June 22, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  15. hmm

    i think the laptop theory is pretty spot on. clearly the information they do know about this supposed "danger" is not being released because if it were then the public would be less inclined to help. bottom line is they obviously know what danger he's in since the photo is a still shot from a web video and they have a reason for not releasing it.

    June 22, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
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