Child Abduction in the United States
It is every parent's worst nightmare. It could occur in your front yard, in front
of the school, in your house, in a store, or anywhere. Just imagine you're in your
favorite department store not but a mile away from your home and you lose sight of your
child. You look down the aisles, have your child paged, and check out at your car all to
no avail. This is exactly what happened with Reve Walsh, mother of young Adam
Walsh. This is her account of what happened from the book, Tears of Rage, written by
John Walsh and posted on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Adam and his mother went to the store to shop for lamps. The store was about one
mile from their home. They parked the car where they always did. Holding hands, they
crossed the parking lot to the north entrance, the same as always. That put them in the toy
department. Right in the middle of the toys was the big attraction: a television monitor
displaying computer video games. They were brand new back then. Several children were
playing with the game, and Adam asked if he could stay and play also. Revé said okay
and told him to stay there until she returned from the lamp department. The lamps were
about 75 feet away--out of sight, but not very far. The lamps were out of stock, so Revé
left her name and number. She was gone about seven minutes.
Adam was not at the video game when Revé returned. Revé walked down several
aisles calling out Adam's name. She realized that not only was Adam gone, but all the
children were gone, and the video was silent. Revé spotted a boy about Adam's age
wearing the same hat as Adam. She asked the child if he had seen another boy with the
same hat. He nodded yes and pointed to the west door. Revé was positive that Adam
would not go out the west door. The toy department clerk said she had not seen Adam.
Revé started asking anyone she could find, but they all said the same things.
Oh, well, he probably just wandered off.
I'll bet he went looking for you.
Well you know how kids are, maybe he went off with the rest of the kids.
Revé kept insisting that her son did not wander off, and that something was
wrong. All around, clerks kept waiting on people as if nothing had happened. She asked a
clerk to page her son. "Adam Walsh, please meet your mother in the toy department."
Nothing. After going to her car twice to see if Adam had gone there and looking for him
on her own for two hours, someone finally called the police department.
The police later interviewed a security guard from the store who said that on the
day of Adam's disappearance, there had been four boys playing with the video game in
the toy department. They started causing a ruckus. She separated them and sent two boys
out the north entrance and two...