New Developments in Johnny Gosch Case

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By Jon Ellis

AP - Police hope a photograph of a gagged and bound boy will open new leads into the fate of Johnny Gosch, the 12-year-old who disappeared 24 years ago while delivering newspapers in West Des Moines.

The boy has not been seen since September 1982, but his mother believes a photograph she received this week from an unknown source may yield some clues about his abductor.

Noreen Gosch has told authorities she believes the picture is of her son shortly after he was abducted. The boy in the photo appears to have his mouth gagged, his hands and feet bound and is wearing sweatpants like those her son was wearing the day his abduction.

Police say they are investigating where the photo came from and whether it was doctored up.

The boy's mother believes her son was taken by child pornographers. She has told authorities her son briefly contacted her in 1997 but feared for his life and declined to give details about where or how he could be contacted.

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