“America’s Most Wanted,” a long-running television show seeking to assist law enforcement in capturing fugitives, will feature the case of Kenneth Baker in tonight’s episode, which airs nationally at 9 p.m. ET on FOX.
Baker, 49, is accused of killing his wife Lynnale Baker, 38, and his stepdaughter Shaelinda Sanders, 19, on May 17 at 132 Waterford Way. He has been on the run ever since.
“He is a long-haul truck driver, and he has contacts nationwide and is very familiar with the U.S. roads and highway system,” said GPD Chief C. Frank Strickland when asked why it has been so difficult for police to make an arrest of Baker.
Baker is also said to have family in Kentucky, Alabama, Ohio and California, though his current location remains unknown.
Strickland said he contacted “America’s Most Wanted” “to put him out to the public nationally. We are hoping to get a tip on where he is hiding at.”
Adding the case of Kenneth Baker to tonight’s episode was not a difficult decision to make, said Angeline Hartmann, correspondent with “America’s Most Wanted.” She said the show executives base their decisions on which crimes to feature on a number of factors, such as the cooperation they can get from local law enforcement and family members.
“We feel that giving (Baker) national exposure can help capture the fugitive,” Hartmann said. “This is just an awful crime. We think this one definitely needed to go on air right away.”
After Baker’s photo and case profile were posted on the show’s Web site (www.amw.com) a few weeks ago, the next step is to provide a brief piece on him on television, which will happen tonight. Depending on the number and quality of tips the show receives, there may be a larger piece on the case soon, Hartmann said.
Any tips the show gets through its hot line, 1-800-CRIME-TV, regarding Baker’s whereabouts will be passed on to the GPD, she said, stressing that the show’s success lies in the fact that callers can remain anonymous.