In 1981 Adam Walsh was lured from a Sears department store in Florida only to be found dead. Adam was the son of famed John Walsh whose mission is to prevent kidnappings and find kidnappers. John Walsh’s efforts led to the passage of the federal Missing Children’s Assistance Act of 1984, which established the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Hollywood police now say that they are closing the investigation into the 1981 abduction and slaying of the 6-year-old.
The reason? After 27 years police have now named a drifter, also a convicted pedophile, as their suspect.
The suspect died in prison in 1996.
How could this happen?
Today it may seem more difficult for such a crime like this to happen. That’s because of ideas that have come along since then or because of the crime. There was no such thing as an Amber alert, cell phones or the internet. John Walsh, father of the kidnapped boy, was the first national figure to really make the abduction issue known.
The Hollywood chief apologized to the boy’s parents, John and Reve Walsh, for what he called “lapses” in the initial investigation.
“This case could have been closed, should have been closed years ago,”
John Walsh had this statement;
“For 27 years, we have been asking ourselves, ‘Who would take a 6-year-old boy and murder him and decapitate him?’ ” Walsh said. “We needed to know. The not knowing has been a torture but now that journey is over. It is only fitting that it ends here at this police department. “
The suspect twice confessed to killing the boy — and twice recanted his story, saying he made it up. It could not be learned what, if any, new evidence exists. At one point the suspect did lead police to the Sears store and pointed out the spot where Adam was last seen. He also led police to the canal where the boy’s head was found.But investigators could not find Adam’s body where he said he left it. Closure in the case came from a piece of bloody carpet from the suspect’s car that faced new DNA technology