IA JOHNNY GOSCH: Missing from West Des Moines, IA - 5 Sept 1982 - Age 12

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Left: Gosch, circa 1982; Right: Age-progressed to age 40 (circa 2010)

John David Gosch
Missing since September 5, 1982 from West Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa.
Classification: Non-Family Abduction

Vital Statistics
Date Of Birth: November 12, 1969
Age at Time of Disappearance: 12 years old
Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'7; 140 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Light brown, short hair; blue eyes.
Marks, Scars: Gosch has facial freckles. He has a horseshoe-shaped scar on his tongue and a birthmark on his left cheek.
Clothing: A white sweatshirt with Kim's Academy imprinted on the back, warm-up pants and blue rubber thong sandals.
Dentals: There is a gap between his front teeth.
Nickname: Johnny

Circumstances of Disappearance
Gosch disappeared while conducting his newspaper route in West Des Moines, Iowa on September 5, 1982. He was tailed by his dachshund, Gretchen. Gosch was seen speaking to a male suspect while working his paper route on 42nd Street and Marcourt Lane. Gretchen returned home without her master.

Because of the Gosch case, Iowa passed a law requiring immediate investigations of missing children.

Gosch disappeared from the same vicinity as Eugene Wade Martin did in October of 1984 and Marc James-Warren Allen in March of 1986. Martin also vanished while working his newspaper route; It has not been proved that these three cases are related in any way, but it is worth noting the similarities.

Gosch's mother claimed that her son is alive and that he visited her in 1997. She announced her revelations during a 1999 pedophile crime organization trial in Nebraska. Gosch's mother said that he came to her Iowa apartment in March 1997 with an unidentified male friend. She claims that Gosch told her he was abducted by members of a pedophile crime organization and he escaped from the group at an undetermined time. Gosch's mother also said that her son was in fear of repercussions from the group and that was the reason he chose to remain "underground." She stated that she has had no further contact with her son since his 1997 visit and that she remained silent about the event until called as a witness in court because she fears for Gosch's safety.

Investigators
If you have any information concerning Gosch's whereabouts, please contact:
West Des Moines Police Department
Detective Tom Boyd
515-223-3211
Email
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Iowa Missing Person Information Clearinghouse
1-800-346-5507
Email
All information may be submitted anonymously.

Agency Case Number: 82-2976

NCMEC #: NCMC601763

NCIC Number:
M-089641270
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information related to this case.

Source Information:
The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
The Cedar Rapids Gazette
The Des Moines Register
What Happened to Johnny
The Johnny Gosch Foundation
Iowa Missing Person Information Clearinghouse

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Mel70

Special specialist
I don't believe John is alive. I think sick people have preyed on Noreen and led her to believe some outlandish information. I think Eugene Martin was likely another victim but not the boy in 86. I've heard Noreen's claims and some are extremely outlandish. But that us nothing against Noreen. She has been through hell. She even believes John Sr. Who was sleeping at the time has something to do with his disappearance. And having a look alike of Noreen. It goes so deep.
 

GarAndMo39

Not a Sheeple!
I don't believe John is alive. I think sick people have preyed on Noreen and led her to believe some outlandish information. I think Eugene Martin was likely another victim but not the boy in 86. I've heard Noreen's claims and some are extremely outlandish. But that us nothing against Noreen. She has been through hell. She even believes John Sr. Who was sleeping at the time has something to do with his disappearance. And having a look alike of Noreen. It goes so deep.
I agree @Mel70. I remember when he disappeared. I think poor Noreen just couldn't handle it...:cry:
 

Romulus

Well-known member
Many of these cases and this too I unfortunately believe are prey to sexual and predatory perverts, for example also the case of Morgan Nick, reminds me of this; otherwise, alternatively, I can think of human trafficking, I cannot think that such small children will leave of their own free will.
 

Mel70

Special specialist
Many of these cases and this too I unfortunately believe are prey to sexual and predatory perverts, for example also the case of Morgan Nick, reminds me of this; otherwise, alternatively, I can think of human trafficking, I cannot think that such small children will leave of their own free will.
They do. Even younger. In some states here. I don't know if it's changed but it was considered the age of discretion for running away was 8.
 

Mel70

Special specialist
This is the first case that really hit me. My Parents and I were driving through Iowa to get to my Grandparents farm in the Summer of "83" and I saw the missing poster. I was 13. I just thought Missing?. Where could he be?. Looking at all the open land driving on after leaving the Diner just thinking he could be out there anywhere. But where?. Why can't they find him?.
 

Kimster

Let's Find Michael Bryson!
Staff member
This is the first case that really hit me. My Parents and I were driving through Iowa to get to my Grandparents farm in the Summer of "83" and I saw the missing poster. I was 13. I just thought Missing?. Where could he be?. Looking at all the open land driving on after leaving the Diner just thinking he could be out there anywhere. But where?. Why can't they find him?.
That is so sad! Hearing it from the perspective of a child's thought process.
 

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

Administrator
Staff member
Iowa's Unsolved: Missing Iowa boy's case prompts changes for child abduction nationwide
May 24, 2021

Johnny Gosch was just 12-years-old when he disappeared from Des Moines.

He was out delivering newspapers September 5, 1982.

His dad usually went with him, but that day he didn't.

Johnny never came home.

Nearly two years after his disappearance, another Des Moines Register paperboy, 13-year-old Eugene Martin also went missing.

Johnny’s mom, Noreen Gosch, believes those two cases are connected.

“As time went on it was more evident we had a real problem here. It was the second kidnapping in two years, the boys were the same age, kind of resembled one another, wore their hair about the same and the police had a big problem on their hands now,” said Gosch.

She believes her son was targeted and sold into the dark world of child sex trafficking.

She wants people to know the harsh reality that this underground world exists and she's made it her lifelong mission to do just that, as well as bring awareness to missing children cases.

One way, the Johnny Gosch Law, which mandated immediate police involvement when a child went missing, as well as prompted the creation of the National Missing and Exploited Children’s Network.

"It’s been a long journey as we are nearing forty years. I've seen a lot of progress and I’ve seen a lot of areas that need to be much more improved,” said Gosch.
 

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