John David Gosch
North American Missing Persons Network
John David Gosch

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Above Images: Right: age-progressed to 40 years

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 05, 1982 from Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa
  • Classification: Non Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: November 12, 1969
  • Age: 12
  • Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
  • Weight: 140 lbs (64 kg)
  • Hair Color: Light brown
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: He has facial freckles,
    a gap between his front teeth, a birthmark on his left cheek, and
    a horseshoe-shaped scar on his tongue.
  • Clothing: White sweatshirt with 'Kim's Academy' on back,
    warm up pants, yellow paperbag, blue rubber flipflops.
  • AKA: Johnny
  • Case Number: 82-2976

  • Details of Disappearance
    Johnny Gosch vanished while delivering the Des Moines Register. Gosch, on the job just over a year, vanished while on his paper route. He set out at 5:45 a.m., reportedly with his dachshund, on daily rounds. Normally, his father accompanied him on the route, but on this day Johnny went alone. But suspicion arose two hours later when one of Johnny's customers called his parents to say the paper had not been delivered. Johnny's father, told his wife to call police, and went looking for the boy. He soon found Johnny's red wagon, just two blocks from their West Des Moines home. It was full of newspapers and, according to the police report, the father delivered them.

    Two more Des Moines paperboys also vanished under mysterious circumstances. Thirteen-year-old Eugene Martin vanished from Des Moinesí south side on August 12, 1984. Not quite two years after Martinís disappearance, 13-year-old Marc Allen told his mother he planned to walk to a friendís house down the street but never arrived at the neighborís home and hasnít been seen since March 29, 1986.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    West Des Moines Police Department

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