Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: September 5, 1982 from West Des Moines, Iowa
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Date Of Birth: November 12, 1969
Age: 12 years old
Height and Weight: 5'7, 140 pounds

Distinguishing Characteristics: Light brown hair, blue eyes. Gosch has facial freckles. He had a gap between his upper front teeth at the time of his disappearance. Gosch has a horseshoe-shaped scar on his tongue and a birthmark on his left cheek. His nickname is Johnny.
Clothing Description: A white sweatshirt with "Kim's Academy" imprinted on the back, warm-up pants and blue rubber thong sandals.

Details of Disappearance
Gosch was last seen while conducting his newspaper route in West Des Moines, Iowa on September 5, 1982. He was accompanied by his Dachshund, Gretchen. Witnesses told authorities that Gosch was seen speaking to a male suspect on 42nd Street and Marcourt Lane while delivering his newspapers. Gretchen returned to family's residence, but Gosch had disappeared.

Gosch's mother claimed that she was visited by her son when she testified during a 1999 pedophile crime organization trial in Nebraska. Gosch's mother said that he had visited her Iowa apartment in 1997 with an unidentified male friend. Gosch's mother went on to say that her son told her he had been abducted by members of a pedophile crime ring and he was keeping a low profile to avoid repercussions from his former captors. Gosch's mother said he told her he had escaped from the group sometime earlier. She maintained that she had no further contact with her son since that time, as she feared for his well-being.

Gosch vanished from the same vicinity that Eugene Martin disappeared from in 1984. Both boys were newspaper carriers in the Des Moines, Iowa area. It is not known if the two cases are related.