Have you heard of Code ADAM, brought on by murder victim Adam Walsh?

@schulzie (4064)
United States
December 16, 2008 3:43pm CST
Is anyone here old enough to remember the 1981 case of murdered child Adam Walsh? I was just reading a news article that reminded me of this tragic case. It inspired the murder victim's father, John Walsh to create the television program "America's Most Wanted", which he personally hosts. Another thing that came about as a result of this tragedy was the children's pictures on milk cartons and also Code ADAM. In case you have never heard of it, Code ADAM is an internationally-recognized "missing child" safety program in the United States and Canada. It was originally created by Wal-Mart retail stores in 1994 and is named Code ADAM in memory of Adam Walsh, the 6-year-old son of John Walsh. Basically it is a series of steps in order to locate a missing child in a public store, or building that has Code Adam implemented. There are 6 steps that are involved in a Code Adam incident. They are as follows: [i]"If a visitor reports a child is missing, a detailed description of the child and what he or she is wearing is obtained. Additionally, all exterior access to the building is locked and monitored; anyone approaching a door is turned away. The employee goes to the nearest in-house telephone and pages Code Adam, describing the child’s physical features and clothing. As designated employees monitor front entrances, other employees begin looking for the child. If the child is not found within 10 minutes, law enforcement is called. If the child is found and appears to have been lost and unharmed, the child is reunited with the searching family member. If the child is found accompanied by someone other than a parent or legal guardian, reasonable efforts to delay their departure will be used without putting the child, staff, or visitors at risk. Law enforcement will be notified and givenR details about the person accompanying the child. The Code Adam page will be canceled after the child is found or law enforcement arrives."[/i] In case you do not remember the case, Adam Walsh was abducted in a Sears store in Hollywood, Florida in 1981 and his severed head was later found by fishermen. Just today, December 16, 2008, it was announced that the Hollywood Florida Police Department had finally closed the Adam Walsh case as the suspect for this crime, Ottis Toole, had finally confessed to killing Adam Walsh on his deathbed in prison and this information was just revealed by Toole's niece. What an end to such a sad tale. I hope this brought some closure to the Walsh family. R.I.P. Adam Walsh
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
17 Dec 08
I do hope that the information gives the family some type of closure....some kind of hope to move on. I can't imagine having that hang over your head for all these years..always wondering...questioning....looking and any type of criminal as a possible suspect. I am glad they finally found out what happened to Adam though I am sure their pain is as great today as it was the day he turned missing. Thanks for sharing!
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@schulzie (4064)
• United States
17 Dec 08
Yes, I am sure this is still as awful for them to deal with as when it first happened. Can you imagine? He was 6 years old in 1981. That means right now he would have been 33 years old. That is just so sad. Thanks for your comment and have a nice day.
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@onlydia (2808)
• United States
17 Dec 08
Yes I seen it on the news tonight and they both looked like they have aged over night on this. I still feel for them. But what I don't get is why she waited to tell the police what Ottis Toole had told her? But then he recanted before so maybe she didn't believe him or if she did they had all the evidense. I don't know anymore I feel so bad for them. Your friend onlydia.
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
17 Dec 08
I know it fianally did bring them closure as Walsh said NEVER give up he didnt and now he has found out for sure who did it! Als this man had confessed 2 times and then took it back. Glad he finally confessed. I cried when I heard it It seems like the Walshes have been apart of the american family thru the show. And seemed to me that it will bring closure to alot of people that has followed thios story over all these years.
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@angelface23 (2498)
• United States
17 Dec 08
No I dont remember the case but I have seen code adam on store windows. I never knew what that meant. I figured it was some kind of shoplifting thing. That is cool I guess that they have this in place.
• United States
17 Dec 08
Even though I was born in 1988, I know about the Adam Walsh case, and CODE ADAM. I was in Toys R Us Christmas Eve 2004 when there was a Code Adam. I was with my mom getting a Christmas present for my nephew, and we heard "Code Adam" over the loudspeaker, and we were locked in the store for about six or seven minutes, until the child was found. I think it's a great system because people who go around trying to abduct CHILDREN are nothing but sick, twisted, scumbags. I am so happy that there is finally closure to the Adam Walsh case, even though it is devastating what happened to the poor kid. I hope the man who admitted to doing it goes to a place where he rots eternally. Murder is bad enough, but when you do it upon a child, wow.. you are nothing but a scumbag.
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