While I am sure he never wanted it to take this long, it must be good to finally know the truth about who killed his son.
HOLLYWOOD, Florida (CNN) -- A
deceased drifter long suspected in the abduction and murder of Adam Walsh
committed the crime that put missing children on the national agenda, police
"If Ottis Toole was alive today, he would be arrested for the abduction and murder of Adam Walsh on July 27, 1981," Hollywood Police Chief Chad Wagner said at an afternoon news conference announcing the end of the 27-year investigation.
The chief apologized to the boy's parents, John and Reve Walsh, for what he called "lapses" in the initial investigation. He added that there was no "magic" piece of evidence that led investigators to officially name a suspect now.
"This case could have been closed, and should have been closed years ago," Wagner said. When he took over last year as police, Wagner vowed to close the Walsh case. He reviewed the entire case file and assigned a retired detective, Joe Matthews, to conduct an independent review.