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12/16/08, Hollywood, FL

Adam Walsh Case Closed

   27 years after his murder-- a little boy's case is finally closed. Police say six-year-old Adam Walsh was kidnapped by Ottis Toole back in 1981.

   Toole twice confessed to the crime, and twice recanted. He was eventually convicted of three other murders---and died in prison in 1996.

   The 6-year-old victim's father, John Walsh, turned his grief into action, becoming a tireless activist for missing and exploited children, and hosting the T-V show, "America's Most Wanted."

   At today's announcement, Walsh said his son did not die in vain, "I think the most positive think that the Hollywood Police, collectively, said to Reve were we changed the way we do business and look for missing children after Adam and police all over the world have. So, you know, Reve and I tried very hard to make sure Adam didn't die in vain. Today, this is a reaffirmation of the fact that he didnt die in vain, that beautiful little boy."

   In 2006, the "Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act" was signed into law.  It expanded the sex offender registry, created stronger penalties for crimes against children and set up an internet crimes task force.

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