John Walsh has been fighting for justice since July 27, 1981, the day his 6-year-old son Adam was abducted from a mall in Hollywood, Fla. His son’s death spurred Walsh to become an internationally known victims’ advocate. America’s Most Wanted, which he hosted, brought home more than 50 missing children and helped law enforcement capture more than 1,200 fugitives. Walsh is teaming with Investigation Discovery for In Pursuit With John Walsh.
Walsh has been the driving force behind major pieces of child protection legislation. Walsh and his wife Revé created the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in 1984, after President Ronald Reagan signed the “Missing Children’s Assistance Act.”
“My life was unfortunately catapulted into the world of crime, and out of that pain I have made it my mission to ensure all criminals pay for the lives they’ve ruined,” Walsh said in a statement.
“I respect the projects that Henry Schleiff and his team at Investigation Discovery have created over the past decade to bring victims’ stories to the national spotlight, and I’m looking forward to furthering this impact by igniting ID’s fans to help actively put the bad guys behind bars.”
In Pursuit utilizes John’s unique and unrivaled experience in this field coupled with a call center able to help law enforcement find leads in real time. ID will use the power of its “dedicated fanbase as the #1 crime and investigation network in America” to help Walsh find missing children and put fugitives behind bars.
“John Walsh is one of America’s “most wanted” TV hosts and is arguably the most trusted resource for victim advocacy. After years of admiring each other’s parallel work to deliver justice, we are thrilled to welcome John to the ID family,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President, Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel, and Destination America. “Empowering our viewers with the Walsh effect of immediate action, we hope to help deliver resolution to cases with In Pursuit With John Walsh.”
Walsh was honored numerous times by many local, state and federal agencies. In addition to being named “Man of the Year” by both the U.S. Marshals Service and the FBI, John was made an honorary U.S. Marshal. He is only one of three people to receive this honor in the organization’s history.
In Pursuit With John Walsh is set to premiere on Investigation Discovery in the first quarter of 2019.