John Walsh speaks at SAU

John Walsh, the host of America’s Most Wanted, shared his story with the crowd at the 2011 Farmers Bank and Trust Distinguished Speaker Series at Southern Arkansas University on Monday night. Walsh’s six-year-old son, Adam, was murdered in 1981.

Proceeds from the lecture series, which started in 2005, are used toward a scholarship endowment for SAU students. Be sure to read tomorrow’s Banner-News for much more information from this event.

John Walsh, host of America's Most Wanted, speaks at the Farmers Bank & Trust Distinguished Speaker Series at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Ark., Monday, Sept. 26, 2011. The 1981 murder of Walsh's six-year-old son, Adam, prompted him to become a driving force for victims' rights. (Photo by Aaron Morris)

John Walsh (foreground left), host of America's Most Wanted, shakes hands with Columbia County Sheriff's Office Detective Leroy Martin after the Farmers Bank & Trust Distinguished Speaker Series at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Ark., Monday, Sept. 26, 2011. Farmers Bank & Trust Chairman and CEO Bob Burns (background left) and SAU President David Rankin are seen in the background. Walsh, whose six-year-old son Adam was murdered in 1981, was the guest lecturer for the evening. (Photo by Aaron Morris)

Stacks of John Walsh's three books sit on display before the Farmers Bank & Trust Distinguished Speaker Series begins at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Ark., Monday, Sept. 26, 2011. The 1981 murder of Walsh's six-year-old son, Adam, prompted him to become a driving force for victims' rights. (Photo by Aaron Morris)

Attendees for the Farmers Bank & Trust Distinguished Speaker Series enter the Grand Hall of the Donald W. Reynolds Campus & Community Center at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Ark., Monday, Sept. 26, 2011. John Walsh, the host of America's Most Wanted, was the featured speaker. (Photo by Aaron Morris)

Bob Burns (left), Chairman and CEO of Farmers Bank & Trust, speaks with Southern Arkansas University President David Rankin before the Farmers Bank & Trust Distinguished Speaker Series at SAU in Magnolia, Ark., Monday, Sept. 26, 2011. (Photo by Aaron Morris)

Updated with additional photographs at 9:26 p.m., Monday, Sept. 26, 2011.

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