Federal agents in Minnesota are pleading with the public to help identify a teen who may be in danger with other youths.
"We believe the pictured individual is at risk and may need law enforcement assistance, but may not be able to request it," ICE spokesman Shawn Neudauer told msnbc.com on Friday.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Minneapolis released still photos from online video showing a dark-haired male teen.
"We believe that if we can identify him, we can remove multiple young people from a dangerous environment," he said.
Neudauer would not comment on the circumstances surrounding the case but said agents discovered images of the teen during a separate investigation.
“We believe he lived or may have lived in Minnesota or western Wisconsin,” Neudauer said. “It is entirely possible this young man is not currently in Minnesota or Wisconsin, but has either a friend or relative in the area, or recently moved from one of those states.”
Neudauer said the photos are still shots from an online video. In the photograph, the teen is pictured wearing a blue and red Minnesota Twins T-shirt. Other details released by ICE:
- The teen is between ages 13 and 19
- Photos were taken in a basement
- The photos are no more than 18 months to 24 months old, based on the Minnesota logo and when it first appeared in the market (July 2010) – also, it appears faded from several washings.
“Tips have been coming in and we have a good number of leads, but we’re still investigating the case,” he said.
People with information can contact ICE/HSI on their tip line at 866-347-2423 or online at www.ice.gov/tips/
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