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Des Moines, Iowa
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Friday, September 1, 2006
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The Des Moines Register ST Friday, September 1 , 2006 Page SA Possible Gosch photos checked out pjjfji pyfji pufjl GOSCH, from Page 1A white material. Noreen Gosch took the photos to West Des Moines police Tuesday. Other people connected to the case also have reported receiving copies of the photos via anonymous deliveries or the Internet. "Noreen did contact our detective and come in with these photos," said Lt. Jeff Miller, a spokesman for the West Des Moines Police Department. "We are in the process of researching where they came from and whether they've been doctored up." Noreen Gosch said Thursday that when her son disappeared, he was wearing sweat pants like those on the boy in the photo. Jeff Tarpinian, a spokesman for FBI offices in Omaha and Des Moines, said copies of the photos had been forwarded to the National Center for Analysis of Violent Crimes. Currently, he said, FBI agents are not actively investigating. Over the years, there have been numerous theories about what happened to Johnny Gosch since he vanished before dawn on Sunday, Sept. 5, 1982. He was last seen picking up copies of the Register for delivery. His wagon, full of papers, was found two blocks from the Gosch family home in West Des Moines. The photos that surfaced this week were first sent to the Register by James Rothstein, a retired New York police detective who offered investigative assistance to Noreen Gosch. Rothstein said he was sent the photos by Noreen Gosch; a child-sex ring conspiracy theorist he knows; and Michael Corbin, a Colorado radio talk-show host who has done several programs on the Gosch case. Rothstein has acted as a criminal justice specialist for , Corbin's show. Noreen Gosch told the Register that she found the photos on her doorstep when she woke up Sunday morning. E-mail files of the photos, sent from Gosch to Rothstein, have a subject line that reads, "I got this tonight," and show the date sent as Aug. 26. Corbin said Thursday that he has been in contact over the past two years with a man who claims to have been kidnapped as a child and to have broken away from a child-sex ring with Gosch. He said the man identifies himself as Jimmy Gibson and has told him he wants to speak publicly about their kidnappings after hiding out for years from abductors. "I've kind of teetered toward believing the veracity of what he's said," Corbin told the Register. "But with these photos, I am really confused.... If they are on the run, I'm curious as to how they got access to those photos, because (the photos) would have been in the possession of their perpetrators." An official from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children said the center had no record of an abduction About the photos The Register this week received digital copies of two photos that Noreen Gosch says show her son, Johnny, after he was abducted. Register editor Carolyn Washburn said the newspaper was declining to publish those photographs at this time because it's not clear where the images came from, whether they are real or who the boys are. "We don't want to risk publishing pictures that could be of someone else's children," Washburn said. Missing children According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the following children also remain missing from Iowa: Kimberly Doss: Missing since Sept. 1, 1982 Tyler Andrew Holmes: Missing since July 18, 2004 Eugene Wade Martin: Missing since Sept. 12, 1984 Erin Kay Pospisil: Missing since June 3, 2001 Colleen Canita Simpson: Missing since Oct. 5, 1975 Trashanda Sharday Waytes: Missing since Nov. 20, 2005 For more information, go of a Jimmy Gibson, although the boy may have been listed under a similar name. Noreen Gosch and others have said they believe that Johnny's disappearance was linked to a sex-ring case involving Paul A. Bonacci, a witness in the Franklin Credit Union embezzlement scandal in Omaha. In 1989, Bonacci told his attorney, John De-Camp, that he personally participated in Gosch's abduction. Bonacci also implicated other seemingly unconnected pub lic figures in his allegations, and was subsequently sent to prison for perjury. 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