John Walsh and the AMW crew went to Belize, in Central America, for an episode that will highlight the global reach of our manhunt. Robert Snyder, a child predator who went on the run from Fort Collins, Colo., after failing to register as a sex offender, thought he could hide in Belize -- a nation where everyone speaks English and the U.S. dollar is accepted as currency. But some avid AMW viewers in that country proved him wrong. Snyder had no idea that AMW is broadcast in Belize -- and is a very popular show there.
When we profiled Snyder, a 12-year-old girl recognized him as the chess teacher at her Belize City school. Her mother sent in the tip -- and U.S. authorities teamed up with police in Belize to take Snyder down.
Day two of AMW's shoot in Belize brought John Walsh and the AMW team to San Pedro, a resort town on the island of Ambergris Caye. It's a tropical paradise, where visitors from around the world come to dive Belize's incredibly beautiful barrier reef. Unfortunately, as John learned, Belize also attracts another kind of person looking for an escape - literally.
In San Pedro, John met with Rob Kelty, the Regional Security Officer of the State Department's Diplomatic Security Service. In an interview to be aired in AMW's February 27th broadcast, Rob explained why Belize is so attractive to American fugitives, and described how U.S. authorities are working with police in Belize to track them down and send them back to face justice.
John Walsh shoots part of a special "World's Most Wanted" episode of AMW in San Pedro, Belize.
John Walsh with Rob Kelty of the Diplomatic Security Service, on location in San Pedro, Belize. AMW is teaming up with the DSS to take down fugitives worldwide.
John Walsh and Rob Kelty of the Diplomatic Security Service discuss efforts to track down American fugitives hiding in Belize.
John Walsh on location in Belize. The country's tropical beauty attracts many vacationers, but John discovered that Belize also attracts fugitives from the U.S. who think it's an easy place to hide. In AMW's February 27th, 2010 broadcast, John will show how AMW viewers in Belize have made hiding here less of an option.
John Walsh and the AMW crew shoot a segment for the February 27th, 2010 episode of America's Most Wanted.
John Walsh and AMW's Co-Executive Producer, Steve Katz, do some last-minute fine-tuning before shooting a segment of AMW's "World's Most Wanted" special in Belize.
On Day One of our shoot in Belize, John Walsh met with the brave young girl who helped end Snyder's run from the law and with the Belize Police official who made the arrest. Their stories will be part of a special AMW episode airing Feb. 27, but here's a sneak peak.
John Walsh gets ready to interview Miguel Segura, assistant commissioner of the Belize Police, at the main police station in Belize City. Assistant Commissioner Segura set the trap that led to the arrest of fugitive Robert Snyder in Belize.
The AMW crew gets ready to shoot at the main police station in Belize City.
John Walsh interviews Miguel Segura, assistant commissioner of the Belize Police, about the takedown of fugitive Robert Snyder. The story will be featured in a special AMW broadcast on Feb. 27, 2010.
John Walsh checks the shot with Director of Photography Curt Pair on location in Belize.
AMW is a very popular show in Belize, and local media interviewed John Walsh during our taping.
John Walsh visits the home of the tipsters who helped take down Robert Snyder.
John Walsh meets with the tipster who helped bring down Robert Snyder, during AMW's shoot in Belize. The tipster's daughter recognized Robert Snyder as one of the teachers at her school, and her tip led to his arrest.
John Walsh tapes his interview with AMW tipsters who sent in the tip that took down child predator Robert Snyder. The interview will be part of AMW's Feb. 27, 2010 broadcast.