'Team Adam' among agencies searching for missing Riviera Beach toddler

Authorities searching for 2 year old

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - More resources and more help are coming to the area to zero on where a missing two year old Riviera Beach boy may be.

Some of that much-needed help includes a unique group of people affiliated with the National Center For Missing & Exploited Children known as Team Adam. The volunteers have the experience and expertise that could make all the difference.

With every call into the National Center For Missing & Exploited Children hotline, there is hope that it will be the call that helps find Le-Rail Johnson safe and sound.

Riviera Beach police are part of the search on the ground but there is outside help converging on this area. Some of that help is coming from Team Adam, which is named after the abducted and murdered son of John Walsh, the former host of the America's Most Wanted television program.

"John Walsh likes to refer to them as our SWAT team because they come in in really critical cases," said Nancy McBride, Executive Director of the Florida Regional Office of the Nation Center For Missing & Exploited Children.

Team Adam is made up of retired federal, state and local law enforcement officers who spent their careers specializing in missing child cases.

"They bring a number of resources to the table," said McBride. "They can help with the search. They can help coordinate leads."

Now Team Adam is on the ground working with local agencies to help any way to find Cassandra Edmonds, the woman authorities say holds that little boy's safety in her hands.

"When you look at a department like Riviera Beach, they probably don't have a lot of experience in this because it just doesn't happen that often," said McBride.

McBride said the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Child Abduction Response Team (CART) is on the case as well.

 


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