The Hollywood Police Department in Florida officially closed the Adam Walsh case. Highest profile child abduction case since Lindbergh kidnapping ends.
As defined by Wikipedia www.wikipedia.org, Adam John Walsh (November 14, 1974-July 27, 1981) was an American boy abducted from a Sears department store at the Hollywood Mall in Hollywood, Florida, on July 27, 1981. He was later found murdered. Adam’s death earned national publicity. Adam’s father, John Walsh, later became an advocate for victims of violent crime and the host of the television program America’s Most Wanted.Convicted serial killer Ottis Toole confessed to the boy’s murder but was never tried for the crime.
December 23, 2008, West Palm Beach, FL (JusticeNewsFlash.com)–Justice child safety advocates for JusticeNewsFlash.com (JNF) alert the Hollywood, Florida 1981 child abduction case was officially closed last week. The Hollywood Police Department closed the case, confirming Ottis Toole, a drifter and mentally incompetent man, kidnapped, and beheaded the 6 year-old Adam Walsh in 1981. When Adam Walsh went missing in 1981, his parents couldn’t even get the FBI interested in launching an immediate search. The Walsh case became the most high-profile child abduction since the Lindbergh kidnapping shook the nation to its core. Child safety awareness has changed drastically since then and the Walsh family’s vigilance is largely responsible for these national changes.
JNF child safety awareness and initiative reporters reveal the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children http://www.missingkids.com/ advises parents on what to do if your child is missing:
-Search the closets, piles of laundry, in and under beds, inside vehicles and trunks, appliance boxes, wherever a child may hide, pools and under pool covers
-Call your local law enforcement immediately.
-Code Adam was developed as a standardized national policy on how businesses can help find missing children. Alert the store manager or security office immediately.
-Provide your child’s name, date of birth, height, weight and any other identifiers such as what they are wearing, glasses or braces.
-Have law enforcement put the child’s name immediately into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Missing Person File http://www.fas.org/irp/agency/doj/fbi/is/ncic.htm
Justice news correspondents say when a missing child may be one of the most traumatic injuries and crimes in our country. Awareness and education to parents and children is of the utmost priority. The holiday season brings joy for many American families. Consumers should be aware the increased holiday activities and events poses increased risks for child safety.
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