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Adam Walsh

Updated: Aug 10, 2023


On July 27, 1981, six-year-old Adam Walsh was abducted from the Sears at a Hollywood, Florida mall. For weeks, police searched for Adam, but he was nowhere to be found. On August 10, Adam’s head was found in a canal, more than 100 miles from where he’d last been seen. His body has never been recovered. Adam and his parents, John Walsh and Reve’ Walsh, would go on to forever change the way we treat cases of missing children, and because of Adam, countless children have been brought home.



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