For the reason that premiere of “America’s Most Wished” in 1988, it has helped seize loads of fugitives wished for a wide range of crimes. The present reached a milestone in 2008 when the 1,000th fugitive was arrested with the assistance of the present, as reported by At the moment. To have fun the milestone, a particular episode was aired stay from Occasions Sq. in New York Metropolis whereby John Walsh acknowledged, “Each one of many 1,000 fugitives our viewers have helped take down is a testomony to what I say on the finish of every broadcast. You may make a distinction” (through The Futon Critic).
When “America’s Most Wished” was canceled in 2013, the present had apprehended a complete of 1,186 fugitives. It was off the air for a number of years till 2021, and solely per week after its return on tv, a fugitive — Phillip Dent — was captured, in keeping with Selection. Dent was wished for carjacking and digicam footage of the crime was aired on the comeback episode of the present. He was recognized by a viewer who referred to as the tip line, which led to his arrest.