Mon November 28, 2011
Our own crime fighter
By A Treasure Coast Essay
Fort Pierce, FL – Crime-fighter John Walsh, who lives near Vero Beach, is bringing "America's Most Wanted" back to weekly television. Last May, Fox TV demoted the program to quarterly specials after 24 seasons. Walsh, the host and producer, signed on with the Lifetime cable channel, which picked up "America's Most Wanted" for 20 new weekly episodes. The first one will be shown at 9 p.m. Friday. Walsh and his wife Reve have close ties to Indian River County. In 1981, the partial remains of their 6-year-old son Adam were found in an Indian River County canal after he had been abducted from a store in Hollywood, Florida. The Walshes became advocates for crime victims, especially missing and abused children. "America's Most Wanted" has contributed to the capture of more than 11-hundred fugitives. The Walshes moved to the Vero Beach area in 1982 and had three more children. Walsh and partners turned citrus groves west of Vero Beach into an equestrian facility called The Ranch. He and his 17-year-old son, Hayden, love to play polo. Why settle here? Walsh has said this is a wonderful place to raise children. Good reason. For 88.9 FM, this is Paul Janensch.
Treasure Coast essayist Paul Janensch was a newspaper editor and taught journalism at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut,