Enraged by the murder of their 6-year-old son, Reve and John Walsh forever changed the way America hunts for its missing children.
It was a television clip that lasted less than 20 seconds, yet as it was played and replayed on television stations across America, it haunted everyone who saw it. Taped by a surveillance camera, the clip showed a young girl taking a short cut home across the empty parking lot of a Sarasota car wash. Suddenly, a man in mechanic’s overalls enters the picture, barring her path. They talk for a moment, then the man leads the girl by the hand out of camera range.
The event took place on the evening of February 1, and the girl was a pretty, 11-year-old blonde named Carlie Brucia. When she failed to arrive home, her anxious parents reported her missing, but it wasn’t until the following day, when the car-wash owner looked at his tape, that it became clear an abduction had taken place. For five days, police and “Team Adam” experts from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) searched frantically, but it was too late. On February 6, Carlie’s body was found behind a local church.
Read the entire article in the Summer 2004 issue