Q & A With John Walsh: Child Abduction
John Walsh has brought the 25th season of America's Most Wanted to Lifetime! You asked, and he answered. Below are tips and thoughts from the host himself. Don't miss the show, Fridays at 9pm/8c.
1. Why are we seeing so many child abduction cases in the media these days? Is it that there are more of these cases, or that they are more publicized now?
John Walsh: Child abduction cases have become more publicized, and though it is difficult to know there are so many missing children out there, it is a good thing that there is more media attention on these cases because that means there are more people looking for these children. Back in 1981 when my own son Adam went missing, my wife Revé and I had to beg to have Adam’s case publicized in the mainstream media and on national shows like Good Morning America. It is tragic that hundreds of thousands of children go missing each year and these cases should be brought to the forefront of media attention.
2. How can the general public assist the authorities and/or the family of the missing child, when an Amber alert goes out?
John Walsh: It may sound very simple, but it is an alert and aware general public that can assist authorities and the people looking for a missing child. When you see an Amber alert or a poster for a missing child, take a good look at the photo and remember the list of traits. In the highly publicized abduction case of Elizabeth Smart, it was vigilant viewers of America’s Most Wanted who recognized Elizabeth and her abductors and made the tip that helped police find and recover her alive. It sounds simple, but sometimes the most basic thing can make the biggest difference.