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Could The Mystery Of Etan Patz Be Solved?

Could The Mystery Of Etan Patz Be Solved?

Etan Patz was an 8 year old New York boy. He disappeared on his way to the bus stop almost exactly 33 years ago, vanishing without a trace. It was the first time his parents let him walk to the bus stop alone. His parents have been searching for him, or for answers, ever since.

Etan’s disappearance and the subsequent search for him led to widespread awareness over the plight of missing and exploited children – for example, Etan’s toothy grin was the first picture of a missing child to appear on milk cartons. The increased awareness of missing children has been called the “end of innocence” of parents, and arguably led to a generation of far more paranoid parents and a generation of far more sheltered children – however, it can’t be denied that the thought of a random abduction strikes mortal fear in to any parent.

Today, one day shy of the 33rd anniversary of Etan’s disappearance, New York police say they have a suspect in custody in the disappearance of Etan Patz: A man who claims that he lured Etan with candy in 1979, killed him and disposed of his body. The New York Times have identified the suspect as Pedro Hernandez. Hernandez was taken in to custody last Wednesday in New Jersey, and has apparently been considered a suspect in the case in the past.

Etan was declared legally dead in 2001 but the police continue to investigate the case, most recently during the excavation of a basement nearby suspected to contain human remains. That search turned up empty.

New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said that further details will be released later Thursday.  It’s worth noting that tomorrow, May 25, is National Missing Children’s day, declared as such by Ronald Reagan in honor of Etan.


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7:00PM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

I hope the family has closure, but I'm sure they'd hoped their little boy was simply kidnapped, rather than murdered

11:04PM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

Make this guy work the hardest in prison to pay for all the hard work and investigating that was done to crack this case! Thoughts and Prayers to the family of Etan.

6:31AM PDT on May 28, 2012

My prays are with the poor family, may they now find closure and peace. God bless them

8:22AM PDT on May 27, 2012

May the family finally have peace.

8:19AM PDT on May 27, 2012

So many have wondered and worried about this child's fate for decades. I hope the truth comes out.

6:55AM PDT on May 27, 2012

What a tragedy! My sympathy goes out to the parents who have suffered beyond belief, only to find that the outcome was (probably) their worst nightmare all along.

5:34PM PDT on May 25, 2012

That poor family! I can't imagine the pain they have gone through and will always go through!

1:14PM PDT on May 25, 2012

I hope this family gets some peace and closure.

1:14PM PDT on May 25, 2012

I hope this family gets some peace and closure.

1:14PM PDT on May 25, 2012

I hope this family gets some peace and closure.

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