Homeland Security Investigations agents use blurry clues from posted photos to track down and rescue child from rape
Federal agents watched in horror as an unknown man in an internet photo appealed for stomach-churning advice -- how to rape the child beside him.
Agents race to save girl had one blurred clue - CNN.com
"This Sunflower series [of photos] was being posted by an individual who was looking for information on how best to rape this little girl and get away with it."
The agent noticed a blurry highway road sign in the window. It was his first, and best, clue. He and his colleagues set to work.The road sign looked like a sunflower logo -- a clue that led agents to Kansas where the sunflower is the state flower.And the first number on the sign was surely a 2. But the other numbers were too blurred to be sure which road it was."We began looking at the road sign. It really looked to most of us like a highway 203, and there was a highway 203 in Kansas, [but] when we got there, got off the plane the agent from Kansas said "it's not 203, we just drove the whole highway, the sign's not there.""So Cole and the other agents got back on the road and started driving every highway in Kansas that starts with a 2."At the very end of the highway where it teed into another highway, we found the sign. I jumped out of the vehicle on a very busy highway and almost got hit by a car."Knowing the approximate location, Cole called the local sheriff's department, who recognized a backyard swimming pool in another one of the photos.They conducted a raid; arresting the suspect before the exploitation could escalate to the point of rape.