THE host of the investigative TV series In Pursuit With John Walsh is a criminal investigator.
In September 2021, Walsh slammed the police investigation of the Gabby Petito case and said he is "settling up to catch" Brian Laundrie.
Who is In Pursuit host John Walsh?
John Walsh, born on December 26, 1945, is an American TV host and criminal investigator.
He is best known for presenting America's Most Wanted, a popular reality show that according to his website helped authorities "capture more than 1,200 fugitives and brought home more than 50 missing children".
He was later the host of investigative series, The Hunt With John Walsh, which was succeeded by In Pursuit With John Walsh.
Walsh became involved in anti-crime activism after the murder of his six-year-old son Adam in 1981.
In July 1981, the young boy was abducted from a Sears department store in Hollywood, Florida.
Serial killer Ottis Toole was officially named as Adam's killer in 2008.
In 2021, at the age of 75, Walsh continues to be a victim rights advocate and has organized a political campaign to help missing and exploited children.
What has John Walsh said on the Gaby Petito case?
The TV host criticized the police investigation on the murdered YouTuber's case and vowed to join the hunt for missing Laundrie.
Read our Gabby Petito live blog for the very latest news and updates…
He said: "I don’t know how he got out of the house with the FBI and local cops watching him day and night."
Authorities have spent days searching the 24,000-acre Florida reserve, something that Walsh branded a "red herring" before adding he doesn't believe Laundrie ever went to the reserve.
He told USA today: "They spent all that revenue, looking for him now, a day late and a dollar short.
"I understand the Fifth Amendment, I understand that Brian doesn't want to talk to the cops and his family doesn't want to talk to cops, as despicable as that is, but the cops could ask for proof of life."
He also suggested that officers should have been stationed outside the Laundrie home as well as an unmarked car to tail anyone leaving the home
He added: "All these mistakes were made on my son Adam’s case, and similar mistakes were made in this case. It's pretty damn sad."
The hunt for Laundrie continues after an autopsy confirmed that the body of Gabby Petito, 22, had been found in Wyoming.
Laundrie remains at large more than a week after vanishing from his parents' home in Florida.
The 23-year-old has not yet been deemed a suspect in Gabby's death but has been named as a person of interest.
Is John Walsh married and does he have children?
Walsh has been married to Revé Drew since 1971.
After the murder of their son Adam – who was born on November 14, 1974 -the pair had three more children: Meghan, 39, Callahan, 36, and Hayden, 27.
Hayden and Callahan sometimes accompany their father when filming TV shows.
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