On July 27, 1981 - 41 years ago today - Adam John Walsh was abducted from a Florida department store and tragically murdered at just 6 years old.
In the wake of their child's senseless death, John and Revé Walsh realized there were so many other children and families who needed help. Along with other child advocates, they founded the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) as a private, non-profit organization to serve as the national resource center for information about missing and exploited children.
Adam's legacy has touched the lives of countless families through NCMEC since being founded in 1984. Our national toll-free hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST, has received more than 5 million calls. We’ve circulated billions of photos of missing children. We’ve assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 376,000 missing children thanks to constantly increasing and improving public awareness, training, laws, and technology.