Campaigns start to keep 'America's Most Wanted'

By DENA POTTER | May 17, 2011 | 5:12 PM EDT

FILE - In this March 12, 2009 file photo, John Walsh, host of the television show "America's Most Wanted," is photographed in New York. Fox is cancelling "America's Most Wanted," the Saturday night show that has profiled criminals on the lam since 1988, and replacing it on the network's regular schedule with reruns. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, file)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Campaigns are popping up online to try to once again save the crime-fighting television show "America's Most Wanted."

A handful of Facebook pages were started Monday, hours after Fox announced it was cancelling the show. The pages encourage fans to appeal to the network's executives to keep the program on the air.

Fox tried to cancel the show in 1996, but thousands of fans, law enforcement officials and politicians rallied to save it.

Jim Sitton started a Save AMW Facebook page because he credits the show for catching the man suspected of killing his 6-year-old daughter in 2009. He says criminals all over America will rejoice if the show is cancelled.