Washington (CNN and PIX11) — A nationwide manhunt for suspected child pornographer “John Doe” is over Wednesday night, just 24 hours after a tip from the public led the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to him.
Danish National Police discovered four videos of child pornography on May 3rd and contacted U.S. authorities as he was believed to be in the United States. In one of the videos he can be seen filming himself while abusing a girl believed to be seven to nine years old.
Using the most unlikely of clues — a pretzel bag — authorities in Denmark and the United States zeroed in on the suspected child abuser, but it wasn’t until ICE set up the tip line that they were able to break the case. According to the Department of Homeland Security, there were no was no information about the man’s identity on Friday, when the arrest warrant was signed.
Three factors led Danish investigators to believe the crime occurred in the U.S.: the background, some products visible in the video, and the man’s appearance.
In the United States, investigators with Homeland Security Investigations, the law enforcement arm of ICE, saw a Frito-Lay Rold Gold bag for thin pretzels in the videos. By studying Frito-Lay web sites, they learned that Rold Gold pretzels are packaged differently within the United States and Canada.
ICE investigators believed the bag in the video is exclusively distributed in the United States.
With leads coming to an end, the investigators asked the public for help in identifying the man.
Further details about his arrest are being withheld pending an appearance in federal court.