John Walsh releases new information about Merhige

Six-year-old Makayla Sitton was murdered in her bed Thanksgiving night.
Six-year-old Makayla Sitton was murdered in her bed Thanksgiving night.

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JUPITER, FL (WFLX) - "You talk about an extra Christmas gift. Her being back would be the best," said Jim Sitton. He's 5-year-old daughter, Makayla was murdered in her bed Thanksgiving night. "But getting Paul on Christmas."

"He's got the money. He's out there. He's got the guns. He's really dangerous. Everybody's at risk," said John Walsh with "America' Most Wanted".

Paul Michael Merhige is accused of murdering his own family members on Thanksgiving. Merhige has evaded local police, federal marshals and the FBI for nearly a month.

Now, the host of "America's Most Wanted" says no more. "We walked in their shoes. Adam was our only child."

Walsh knows what it's like to have a child murdered. People know Walsh's face, but they don't yet know the suspect's face. That's why, Walsh says, the media must get involved. "He tried to destroy their family. Think about this, he could come back and try to finish this job."

Many people have asked why the parents continue to live this story day in and day out. Walsh has an answer. "You are honoring her by staying strong, by staying focused, trying to do everything to bring this man to justice."

Walsh released details about the case we haven't heard before including the fact Merhige bought a "sniper" rifle the day before the murders. He has not used it yet. "He bought guns, ammo. He withdrew cash, and was ready to run." Walsh believes Merhige already dumped the blue car.

He also believes a tip from the public will be what brings him in. No tip is too small, and all will remain anonymous. "You can run, but you can't hide. You will be found, and anyone will pay for helping you."

The reward for Merhige now stands at $100,000.

If you have any information that will help police bring him to justice, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS.

If you don't feel comfortable calling Crime Stoppers or the Palm Beach County Police Department, you can call America's Most Wanted at 1-800-CRIME-TV.

America's Most Wanted is featuring the search for Merhige Saturday night at 9 p.m. on Fox.