New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly announced earlier today that a person currently in custody has implicated himself in the 33-year-old disappearance and murder of Etan Patz, a 6-year-old boy who lived in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan.
Person Implicates Self In Etan Patz Disappearance
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly announced earlier today that a person currently in custody has implicated himself in the 33-year-old disappearance and likely murder of Etan Patz, a 6-year-old boy who lived in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan, the AP reports.
Etan’s disappearance sparked the missing child movement in the U.S., which led to photographs or police sketches of missing children to be printed on milk cartons.
Etan parents still live in the same apartment and have the same phone number, just in case their son survived and tries to contact them.
The New York Times is reporting that the man's name is Pedro Hernández, and that Hernández admitted to strangling Etan and putting his corpse in a box. Hernández claims to have left the box in a Manhattan location for several days. When Hernández returned, the box was missing.
Hernández, who worked at a bodega near the Patz's home, was once a suspect in the case. He was arrested late yesterday in Camden, N.J. after police received information from his family members. He is being questioned today by the Manhattan district attorney's office.
Kelly said that more details regarding the new developments in the case will be released later today.
Over the years, suspects have ranged from a boyfriend of Etan’s babysitter, Jose Ramos, who is a convicted pedophile, to a neighborhood handyman. Police have searched for forensic evidence and have also dug up basements of at least two apartment buildings, the most recent earlier this year.
A civil judge in 2004 found Jose Ramos responsible for Etan's death.