Mexico City, Mexico - The twenty-year search for Waldo is over. The beloved star of the book series "Where's Waldo" disappeared in 1987 from his home just outside of London, England. A group of children spotted him at a beach in Southern Mexico.
"He was really easy to find. He was wearing a red and white-stripped shirt and a stocking cap. Everyone else was wearing shorts or a bathing suit. I think he's crazy or something, it was like ninety degrees outside," said Maguel Ortiz. Ortiz is one of the children responsible for bringing Waldo to justice.
Police responding to the scene were initially baffled. Waldo has, over the course of time, become adept at hiding. Police Chief Carlos Lumez described what happened. "He (Waldo) ran into a crowd of people, all of whom had red and white stripped umbrellas. It took us awhile but we eventually found him."
Waldo - born Wally Handford - has spent the last two decades on the run. The 54-year-old father of two told his wife he was going out for cigarettes and never returned. Stella Pembroke, Waldo's now ex-wife, said "I thought it was strange because he didn't smoke. When he didn't come back I knew something was wrong. I thought the worst - like maybe he'd died or something - that was until the reports started coming in."
Children all over the world have helped in the manhunt. Over the years Waldo has been seen in the United States, France, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Japan and Israel. He has shown up in stadiums, carnivals, the North Pole and space.
Waldo's alias changed each time. He's known as Charlie in France and Effy in Israel. However, while his name has changed his signature look hasn't. "I don't know I just really like red and white stripes," said Waldo from a jailhouse in Mexico City.
Waldo will be extradited to England where he faces jail time and years of back child support payments. When asked why he ran Waldo said, "I just felt trapped. All this time people were looking for Waldo and I didn't know who that was. I needed to get away to find the real me."