Etan Patz, Adam Walsh, Madeleine McCann, & JonBenét Ramsey

Most of us know their names and faces like the back of our hand. As four of the most famous missing children in modern history, their stories struck fear into the hearts of parents around the world.

The abduction and murder of Adam Walsh changed America. 

Beyond fear and outrage, their disappearances also spurred dramatic changes in the way missing children's cases are investigated and publicized; most notably, the cold case of Adam Wash.



Walsh was just six-years-old when he was abducted in a Florida shopping mall in 1981. The son of John Edward Walsh, victims' rights activist and creator of America's Most Wanted, Adam inspired his father's career as well as the creation of several major agencies, protocols, and legislation including:

  • Code Adam, a program launched by his parents, it ensures businesses, parks, government buildings and other establishments have safety measures in place to respond to missing and abducted children on the premise;
  • the passing of the Missing Child Assistance Act that provides federal support for state and local efforts to recover and support missing and exploited children;

The disappearance of Idaho's Michael Vaughn inspired "Monkey's Law."

Affectionately referred to as "Monkey" by his family, Michael Vaughan was five-years-old when he was reported missing from his Fruitland home in 2021.


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Less than a year after Vaughn vanished, Idaho Governor Brad Little signed the Endangered Missing Person Alert, also known as "Monkey's Law." The law was created to address the gaps in the AMBER Alert System that determined Vaugh's case hadn't met the criteria to issue an alert.

Senate Bill 1378 of the Idaho State Legislature ensures emergency alerts will be issued immediately for missing children statewide regardless of their AMBER Alert Status.

Have you seen Idaho's missing teens?

Today, 23 Idaho families are desperate to recover their missing children. Ages 13 to 18, from Nampa to Sandpoint, these teens vanished without a trace. The gallery below features their photos, key information, and the number of the agency assigned to their case.

Scroll to see if you recognize any of Idaho's 23 missing teens.

Please Look: Have You Seen Idaho's 23 Missing Teens?

Ages 13 to 18, from Nampa to Sandpoint, these Idaho teens vanished without a trace. Do you recognize any of them?

Gallery Credit: Ryan Antoinette Valenzuela

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  • 8 Idaho deaths & murders that devastated locals

  • Pocatello's 12-year-old Lynette Culver murdered by Ted Bundy

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  • 11 bizarre deaths no one talked about in Idaho & Utah

  • 12 surprising choices Idaho teens can make w/o parental consent

8 Idaho Deaths & Murders That Devastated Locals

We lost them too soon.

Gallery Credit: Ryan Antoinette Valenzuela


Lynette Dawn Culver was a daughter, a little sister, and seventh-grader with her entire life ahead of her in the spring of 1975. Her bright future was cut short at the hand of one of America's most notorious serial murderers.

If you have a credible tip to share on the whereabouts of the remains of Lynette Dawn Culver, contact the Bannock County Sheriff's Office.

Gallery Credit: Ryan Antoinette Valenzuela

11 bizarre deaths no one talked about in Idaho & Utah

Scroll on for a roundup of deaths & murders that stray further from the beaten path than we were prepared to handle.

Gallery Credit: Ryan Valenzuela

12 Choices Idaho Teens Can Make Without Parental Consent

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  • The 8 monsters on Idaho's Death Row & their heinous crimes

  • The disappearance of Washington's 12-year-old Christina Lee White

  • 6 of Idaho's most dangerous college campuses

Shocking Sex Offender Laws in Idaho, California and 6 Other States

⚠️ Scroll for a recap on the most important sex offender laws in Idaho, California, Washington, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and Oregon.

Gallery Credit: Ryan Antoinette Valenzuela

The 8 Criminals on Idaho's Death Row and Their Disgusting Crimes

Held in their 12'x7' cells 23 hours a day, these are the seven people currently on death row in Idaho. Idaho has performed three executions since 1977.

Gallery Credit: Michelle Heart

Is This Unsolved Idaho Crime More Horrific Than Jeffrey Dahmer?

In 1979, 12-year-old Christina Lee White went missing in Asotin, Washington, and hasn’t been seen since. It was this disappearance that marked the beginning of what is known as the “Lewis Clark Valley murders” that plagued parts of Washington and Idaho from 1979 to 1982.

Gallery Credit: Chris Cardenas

The Six Most Dangerous College Campuses in Idaho

Based on statistics from the U.S. Department of Education, these Idaho college campuses experienced the most violent crimes committed on campus from 2019-2021.

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