At 12-years-old Johnny Gosch was making his own money. He had a paper route in his neighborhood in West Des Moines, Iowa. On September 5, 1982 Johnny left for his paper route just before dawn taking only the family dog and a wagon with him.
He was seen picking up his newspapers at the paper drop but he was never seen again. It was not until customers along Johnny route called his parents to complain of undelivered papers that they realized anything was wrong. The boy’s father walked around the neighborhood at around 6AM but only found his son’s wagon, still full of newspapers just two blocks away from their home. Gosch’s case would go on to be one of the most publicized missing person’s story, but after 28 years Johnny has yet to come home.
Missing Since: 09/05/1982
Missing From: West Des Moines, IA
Classification: Endangered Missing
Age at Disappearance: 12
Weight: 140 lbs
Hair: Light Brown
-Gap between upper front teeth
-Birthmark on left cheek