New Market residents stunned by possible FBI investigation

New Market residents stunned by possible FBI investigation

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"It freaked me out. I have a little brother so that worries me. He's only seven years old," Sarah West added. "It freaked me out. I have a little brother so that worries me. He's only seven years old," Sarah West added.
Sgt. Joey Knight said locals did not recognize the yellow shirt tied to the case. Sgt. Joey Knight said locals did not recognize the yellow shirt tied to the case.

By JESSA LEWIS
6 News Reporter

NEW MARKET (WATE) - The FBI is working to track down two men they believe can help them identify a child victim of sexual exploitation.

Investigators are spreading the information across the country in an effort to determine which town of New Market could be connected to the case.

When Sarah West heard her Jefferson County town could be part of an FBI investigation, she couldn't believe it.

"It's crazy. I never thought it would happen here because it's a quiet town," West explained.

West grew up in New Market and went to New Market Elementary.

She says she doesn't remember ever having a yellow shirt, and there wasn't a basketball team.

"It freaked me out. I have a little brother so that worries me. He's only seven years old," West added.

New Market Police Sgt. Joey Knight says as of now, they aren't part of the investigation.

"We haven't been contacted by any other agency. This is the first time we've heard about it and we're unaware of what's going on with it," Sgt. Knight said.

Sgt. Knight said he even asked around after we told him about the case.

"Actually we've talked to a couple of athletic directors and they mayor - they would be familiar with it - and they said they haven't ever seen nothing that looked like that shirt that they've used in their rec ball," Sgt. Knight explained.

He said New Market shirts are usually red, not yellow.

"The shirt doesn't look familiar, but one of the guys actually does look a little familiar," Sgt. Knight added.

Sgt. Knight says he can't place where he recognized one of the men from, or why he seemed familiar.

West says the news still hasn't sunk in.

"It's pretty crazy because nothing ever happens here," West said.

The FBI says sexually-explicit images of the child they're trying to identify were first recorded in 2003 and are still being circulated online.

They say there are eleven other New Markets in the country that could be connected to the case.

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