Today, the Hollywood, Florida Police Department announced that the case of Adam Walsh’s murder had been solved and that Ottis Toole, a long-time suspect was indeed the killer. This decision was made by Police Chief Chad Wagner, the Hollywood Police Department, the Broward County District Attorney’s office, and the Walsh family.
After Adam was murdered, John and Revé Walsh, Adam’s parents, became advocates for missing children and founded the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The Walshs also helped in getting the Missing Children Act of 1982, Missing Children’s Assistance Act of 1984, and Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 passed.
Here’s 3 clips of today’s press conference (all courtesy of MSNBC). The first is Chief Wager’s statement:
And here is Revé’s statement to the press:
And lastly, here is John’s statement at the press conference:
Well, I am happy that this case has finally been solved. I’ve always watched America’s Most Wanted, and I have a lot of respect of the Walsh family and what they do. I am glad that justice was finally served for little Adam. My thoughts and prayers are with all the other families who have gone through what the Walsh family has gone through these past 27 years.