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First child on milk carton still missing 30 years later

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Post  Tezza on Sat May 16, 2009 5:04 am

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Boy on milk carton still missing after 30 years
updated 5:33 p.m. EDT, Thu May 14, 2009

Story Highlights

  • Boy, 6, begged his parents to let him walk to school bus stop for first time
    He never showed up at school in Manhattan's Soho neighborhood
    Etan Patz disappeared on May 25, 1979
    Know something? Call the FBI/NYPD Etan Patz hotline: 212-384-2200

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Post  Twiglet on Fri May 22, 2009 8:36 am

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Post  Twiglet on Tue Jan 05, 2010 7:27 pm

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5 November 2009



Etan Patz's case galvanized the missing children's movement, raising awareness of child abductions. The 6-year-old vanished one morning in 1979 while walking to his school bus stop in New York's SoHo neighborhood. It was the first time he set off on the trip by himself.

Etan became the iconic boy on the milk carton, one of the first children to be featured in that 1980s campaign. Thirty years later, the case remains an open investigation, with no official suspects.

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Post  Tezza on Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:03 pm

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NYC basement searched for boy who vanished in 1979

AP foreign, Friday April 20 2012

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Associated Press= NEW YORK (AP) — Police and the FBI are searching a New York City basement for the remains of a 6-year-old boy whose 1979 disappearance on his way to school helped launch a missing children's movement.

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Post  Twiglet on Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:06 pm

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20 April 2012

'There was a stench of death': Police search apartment of handyman who befriended missing milk carton boy Etan Patz - 33 years after his disappearance shocked America

  • A picture of Etan Patz was the first to be put on the side of milk cartons

  • The day he went missing - May 25 - is now National Missing Children's Day

  • His body has never been found and no one has ever been charged

  • A law official said the building being searched housed the workspace of a carpenter who was thought to have been friendly with Etan

  • A cadaver-sniffing dog picked up a scent of human remains at the property after the tip


The stench of death detected by a police dog led police to a New York City basement on Thursday, where they are searching for the remains of a missing boy who disappeared more than three decades ago.

Etan Patz was six years old when he went missing after leaving his home in New York's SoHo neighborhood on his way to school on May 25, 1979. He was the first missing child to have his picture printed on milk cartons.

New York police officers and FBI agents were searching the basement underneath a clothing store for Etan's remains -- blood or pieces of his clothing -- throughout Thursday -- just a block away from where he went missing 33 years ago.
The basement was home to Othniel Miller, a handyman who had befriended the boy. Investigators questioned the Miller again recently, and as a result of those discussions decided to refocus their attention on the building, according to the law enforcement official.

Etan was finally declared legally dead in 2001, though no trace of his body has ever been found and the case remains unsolved.

He was last seen walking two blocks from his lower Manhattan home to a bus stop for the ride to school wearing his favorite Eastern Air Lines Future Flight Captain hat - something his parents said he would even wear to bed.

It was the first time his parents had let their son walk to school alone, after he begged them, saying all his friends were allowed to do it.

In May 2010, the Manhattan district attorney’s office said they were taking a fresh look at the decades-old case of the missing six-year-old.

Police didn't say what led to the building, but sources revealed a police cadaver dog picked up the scent of human remains there.

NYPD spokesman Paul Browne says the building being searched is about a block from where the family lived.

He says the excavation is the result of a recently-ordered review of the case by the Manhattan district attorney and that they expect to be at the site for two to three days, examining a space that now sits beneath a clothing store.
He said: 'We're looking for human remains, clothing or other personal effects of Etan Patz. It's a very painstaking process.'
Authorities didn't say what evidence led them to that location but a source said that in May 1979, the building housed the workspace of a carpenter who was thought to have been friendly with the young boy.
Two law enforcement officials confirmed that an FBI dog had picked up the scent of human remains after police received the tip off that led them to the building.

The 13-foot by 62-foot basement space being searched today sits beneath several clothing boutiques.

The building has undergone renovations over the decades, and Browne said investigators began by removing drywall partitions so they could get to brick walls that were exposed back in 1979 when the boy disappeared.

The excavation was part of a review of the case, recently ordered by the Manhattan district attorney, Browne said.

'This was a shocking case at the time and it hasn't been resolved,' he said.

Etan was the subject of one of the most extensive missing-child searches ever.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2132164/FBI-search-Manhattan-apartment-Etan-Patz--33-years-went-missing.html


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Post  Tezza on Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:09 pm

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Etan Patz's Body Possibly Found In NYC Basement

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Post  Twiglet on Tue Apr 24, 2012 6:30 am

Daily Mail

23 April 2012

NO sign of missing Etan Patz as FBI ends search of suspect's basement - but could boy's silent sister hold key to his disappearance?

  • Building being searched housed the workspace of carpenter Othniel Miller

  • Miller's ex-wife accused him of raping his niece but he was never charged

  • Authorities say he became aroused when looking at images of pictures

  • Cadaver-sniffing dog picked up scent of human remains at property after missing boy's mother led them back to Miller

  • Chief suspect Jose Ramos worked for him at the time of disappearance

  • Etan may have told his sister about unwanted advances from anyone

  • Shira Patz 'shut down' in recent interviews with FBI


The FBI wound down its search for Etan Patz's remains today as it emerged they believe his older sister could have a vital piece of information that will lead them closer to her brother's killer.
Shira Patz was eight when Etan disappeared from the streets of New York on May 25, 1979.
Two men who lived and worked close to the Patz family, on Manhattan's Prince Street, are the chief suspects in the case - Jose Ramos, who is serving time in a Pennsylvania jail for the sexual abuse of two other boys, and Othniel Miller, who police have been zeroing in on after his ex-wife told them he raped his ten-year-old niece.
An FBI source told the New York Times that Shira Patz has stopped answering questions about her brother, but is seen as an important witness because they believe if any strangers offered any inappropriate advances against Etan, he would have told her.
Agent Thomas MacDonald, who took over the case more than five years ago and was met with initial resistance from Etan's mother Julie, interviewed Shira to find a new way into the investigation but she is said to have 'shut down' under his direct interview style.

FBI and police authorities were today winding down their work at the site in Manhattan. Chief police spokesman Paul Browne says the case remains a missing-person investigation, but authorities found no obvious human remains.
Othniel Miller has been questioned several times by police in the last month after his ex-wife told them about the alleged rape of his niece. Julie Patz was also said to have told agents to look again at the handyman, who befriended Etan before he vanished and hired Ramos to do odd jobs for him.

During one interview, agents watched the75-year-old as he grew aroused while he looked through a book of images of children, two law enforcement officials told the Times.

When authorities told him cadaver dogs picked up the scent of human remains at his basement he allegedly blurted out: 'What if the body was moved?'

Paper, strands of hair and other 'possible' bits of forensic evidence have been unearthed during the excavation of the basement but so far 'nothing conclusive' has emerged.
Chief suspect in the case since the 1980s Jose Ramos initially told police he attempted to molest Etan but denied killing him. He dated the six-year-old's babysitter and was said to know every stop on the school bus route - and specifically which stop Etan got off at.

But Agent MacDonald, who re-interviewed all the original witnesses and all the agents who worked on the case, said he was open to ideas that it was not Ramos.

Part of their thinking, the official told the Times, is that with his other victims, Ramos earned their trust before he molested them and was often seen in the company of children.
The FBI have not been able to find any witness that can establish any form of relationship between him and Etan.
'If you look at that pattern of behavior and apply it to Etan, you have to assume there will be a prior relationship, and it’s just not there,' the official told the paper.


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Post  Twiglet on Fri May 25, 2012 7:33 pm

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24 April 2012

No remains found in NYC basement

The excavation of a Manhattan basement yielded no obvious human remains and little forensic evidence that would help solve the decades-long mystery of what happened to Etan Patz, a 6-year-old who vanished while walking to a bus stop 33 years ago.

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Post  Twiglet on Fri May 25, 2012 7:35 pm

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3 May 2012

Patz suspect was charming to adults, but girl feared him

“I was scared of him,” she remembered.

She recalled the man’s big German shepherd, and that the man had a bushy beard and mustache, and that he was “very dirty.”

“He had long fingernails that were black — kids remember that,” she said. He also wore a multicolored Mexican blanket like a poncho.

As a carefree youngster growing up in Soho, she’d play hopscotch and tag in the streets. But whenever she saw him coming, she’d run and hide.

He’d try to kiss her but she was repulsed by his facial hair.

He’d always try to give her some sort of present, usually children’s books he’d found, but she’d decline.

“I didn’t want his dirty books from the garbage anyway,” she said.

As for why the man was so interested in her, she said, “I looked like a boy when I was 3. I had a short haircut.”

According to the woman, the man would get close to young local children through their parents.

“He was very charming with adults,” she said. “He was very personable. They would talk with him for hours.”

And there’s one more thing she’ll never forget about him — his strange dark eyes.

“Something with his eyes — he had these gleaming eyes. It was something shiny — it was like he was always laughing at you.”

Now in her mid-30s and still living in New York, the woman requested that her name not be printed out of concern for her safety. The man, Jose Ramos, may get out of jail in November in Pennsylvania, where he’s been serving time on child-molestation charges.

Ramos, now 68, has long been the number one suspect in the disappearance of Etan Patz, 6, from Soho 33 years ago.


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Post  Twiglet on Fri May 25, 2012 7:53 pm

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24 May 2012

Etan Patz: suspect in custody in connection with 'milk carton boy disappearance

A suspect is in custody in connection with the disappearance of six-year-old Etan Patz more than 30 years ago, New York police have said, in what appears to be a major breakthrough in one of America's most famous missing child cases.

Police say that the suspect has implicated himself in the case. Further details are expected to be released later today.

The man is said to be known to investigators, according to NBC New York, and he worked and lived in the boy's neighbourhood when he disappeared in 1979.

Ray Kelly, the NYPD police commissioner, said the man "has made statements to NYPD detectives implicating himself in the disappearance and death of Etan Patz 33 years ago."

The breakthrough comes only a month after the FBI began a new search in connection with the case, one of America's most famous missing child episodes. The new search involved the excavation of a basement near his family's home.

Etan was the first missing child to appear on the side of a milk carton. He vanished after leaving his family's apartment in Manhattan to catch a school bus. It was the first time his parents had let him go off to school alone.

May 25, the day he disappeared, was declared 'National Missing Child Day' by Ronald Reagan. The boy was formally declared dead in 2001.


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Post  Twiglet on Fri May 25, 2012 7:58 pm

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24 May 2012

AP Source: Man Says He Suffocated Boy in 1979

A former convenience store worker confessed to luring 6-year-old Etan Patz from his school bus stop in 1979 and choking him to death in a basement, police said Thursday, ending a three-decades long investigation into one of the nation's most baffling missing-children cases.

Pedro Hernandez, 51, of Maple Shade, N.J., was arrested on a murder charge after he told police he promised the boy a soda, took him to his store — just blocks from Etan's lower Manhattan home — and killed him there, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

Hernandez told police he put Etan's body in some trash about a block from the store, Kelly said, where it's possible it was picked up by sanitation crews.

No body has been recovered, and Kelly said it's possible the remains would never be found.

Hernandez was questioned by police for more than three hours after he was picked up in New Jersey Wednesday, and gave police a signed confession, Kelly said. His motive was not yet clear.

It's not clear if he had an attorney; an arraignment was expected sometime Friday. No one answered the door at Hernandez' New Jersey home Thursday night.

"He was remorseful, and I think the detectives thought that it was a feeling of relief on his part" to confess, Kelly said. "We believe that this is the individual responsible for the crime."

The arrest is the first ever in the decades-old case that gave rise to the missing-children's movement and ushered in an era of anxiety about leaving children unsupervised. Etan's photo was one of the first of a missing child to appear on a milk carton. The anniversary of Etan's disappearance, which is Friday, was named National Missing Children's Day by presidential proclamation in 1983.

Detectives are often barraged with hoaxes, false leads and possible sightings around the anniversary of the boy's disappearance. But Kelly said they believed Hernandez's story because of specific details he gave to police.

Hernandez, then 19, had worked as a stock clerk at the store for about a month and wasn't questioned at the outset, Kelly said. But he later told relatives, as far back as 1981, that he had "done something bad" and killed an unnamed child in New York City, he said.

After a search of a basement near Patz' lower Manhattan home last month hurtled the case back into the news, a tipster pointed police to Hernandez. Kelly said the person wasn't a relative, but knew that Hernandez had said he had done a bad thing, he said.

Hernandez was known to police as being a worker at the convenience store — a popular fixture in the neighborhood — but was never questioned, though other people in the shop were.


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24 May 2012

Pedro Hernandez charged with the murder of Etan Patz

New York City Police Department detectives have arrested and charged 48-year-old Pedro Hernandez, of Maple Shade, N.J. with the murder of Etan Patz, who disappeared over 30 years ago on a short walk from his parents’ apartment in SoHo to catch his morning bus to school.

According to USA Today, Hernandez told police that he choked Etan to death and left the boy’s body in a box.

At a news conference held this evening, NY Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said:

Hernandez is being charged with second-degree murder in the "online booking process." The Manhattan district attorney will ultimately decide the exact charges.

Police questioned Hernandez after receiving a tip from his family members.

He had told family members and friends that he "had done a bad thing and killed a child in New York City," but was not specific. His first statement may have been in 1981.

Kelly said Hernandez told him he dumped the boy's body in the trash someplace else in the SoHo neighborhood.

Hernandez gave no reason for choking the boy, Kelly said. No sexual assault is believed to have occurred.

Hernandez has provided police with a written, signed confession.

On the day Etan disappeared, Hernandez, then 18-years old, was employed in a store just blocks from Patz's home.

CBS News reported:

… Hernandez admitted to luring the boy into the store with candy, strangling him, and placing the body in a box. He said he put the box out with the trash and when he came back later, it was gone.

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NBC New York

24 May 2012

Patz Family Surprised, Overwhelmed by Arrest

The NYPD lieutenant who informed Etan Patz's family that an arrest was made in the 33-year unsolved case of their missing son said the boy's father was surprised and overwhelmed, but handled the information "very well."

"I don't know if you would call this good news, I think it would just be considered another piece of the puzzle," Lt. Chris Zimmerman said at the Thursday press conference where the NYPD announced the arrest of Pedro Hernandez, 51, of Maple Shade, N.J., in the case that had gone unsolved since 1979.

Police say Hernandez confessed to luring 6-year-old Patz from the bus stop into a bodega where he worked with the promise of a soda before choking him to death in the basement. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly did not say whether Hernandez had a lawyer.

Kelly said Hernandez told the NYPD that he put Patz's body in a plastic bag and disposed of it in the trash.

Hernandez was questioned after the Missing Persons Squad received a tip from someone who remembered Hernandez speaking of having "done a bad thing" and said he killed a child in New York.


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CNN International

25 May 2012

Suspect in killing of Etan Patz expected to make initial court appearance‎

A man arrested in the killing of a 6-year-old who vanished decades ago is expected to make his initial court appearance Friday, 33 years to the day the boy disappeared in New York.

Etan Patz went missing on May 25, 1979, a block from his home in a Manhattan neighborhood.

His disappearance helped spawn a national movement to raise awareness of missing children, which involved a then-novel approach of splashing an image of the child's face across thousands of milk cartons.

Pedro Hernandez, a former Manhattan stock clerk who lived in his neighborhood, was arrested Thursday in connection with the death, police said.


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Philadelphia Inquirer

25 May 2012

Neighbors say child-killing suspect seemed ordinary

To neighbors in Maple Shade, Pedro Hernandez was as ordinary as the nondescript East Linwood Avenue duplex with faded cream-colored siding where he lived with his wife, daughter, and dog in a rear apartment:

On Thursdays, he took out the trash. He smoked cigarettes on the landing. He waved to neighbors, but didn't say much. He shoveled snow and mowed the grass. The family had what appeared to be a graduation party last year for their daughter, now a college freshman.

The most untoward thing anyone could recall didn't come from a neighbor, but a landscaper driving by the house Thursday, who alleged that Hernandez shorted him on payment for a summer's mowing three years ago.

Authorities say Hernandez, 51, is the prime suspect in the notorious disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz in New York in 1979 after confessing to suffocating the child.

He moved to New Jersey shortly after Etan vanished on May 25, 1979. The family has lived in Maple Shade for at least three years, neighbors said.

"They're saying he confessed. If he confessed, he's been living in his private hell for the last 33 years," said Dan Wollick, 71, who lives in the duplex's front apartment.

"If it's true, his life is over," said Wollick, a retired Waste Management truck driver.


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25 may 2012

US: Man Held Over Missing 'Milk Carton' Boy

A man has told New York police that he suffocated a six-year-old boy who disappeared 33 years ago.

Pedro Hernandez, who was detained in New Jersey, was being questioned about Etan Patz, who vanished on his way to school in 1979.

Etan was last seen alive setting off to his school bus stop for the first time. His abduction caused widespread anxiety among parents about leaving children unsupervised.

The boy's photo was one of the first of a missing child to be put on a milk carton in a national campaign to find him.

Hernandez worked at a shop in the Manhattan neighbourhood where Etan lived and moved to New Jersey shortly after the boy disappeared.

Hernandez said he suffocated the boy, then put his body in a box and left the box in an alley.

However, no body or box has been recovered, and Hernandez has not been charged. Investigators said they were still trying to confirm details of the man's s

NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly said further details would be released concerning the boy's death.

"An individual now in custody has made statements to NYPD detectives implicating himself in the disappearance and death of Etan Patz 33 years ago," Mr Kelly said.

The development was not related to the search of a Manhattan basement in April, said a source.

That search yielded no obvious human remains and little forensic evidence.

Jose Ramos, a convicted child abuser, who is in jail in Pennsylvania, had previously been the main focus of the investigation.

Ramos had been dating the boy's babysitter at the time he disappeared. Etan's father Stan had his son declared legally dead in 2001 so he could sue Ramos, who has never been charged criminally and denies harming the boy.

In 2004 a civil judge found him to be responsible for Etan's death.

More recently, the focus had shifted to a 75-year-old Brooklyn resident, although he was not named as a suspect and denied any involvement.


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Daily Mail

25 May 2012

'He would get angry at nothing': Family of man who 'strangled Etan Patz and dumped body in garbage' describes short temper as sister says he must be punished for crime

  • Pedro Hernandez lived just blocks from Etan when he disappeared

  • Police tipped off by relative after Hernandez had confessed to the crime

  • Set to appear in court tomorrow on charges of second-degree murder

  • Comes just weeks after the four-day excavation of handyman Othniel Miller's SoHo basement, where police found no new evidence

  • Revelations come nearly 33 years to the day since Etan disappeared - and could solve one of the country's most enduring missing children cases


The man who has confessed to the murder of iconic missing child Etan Patz has a 'really short fuse', according to his brother-in-law, as dramatic new details about the famous case emerged this evening.

Pedro Hernandez, who has been arrested on suspicion of killing six-year-old Etan when he was just 19, 'would get angry at nothing' when he was younger, his brother-in-law Jose Lopez told MailOnline.

Hernandez's family appears to have turned on the self-confessed killer, as his sister insisted that he should 'pay for what he did' if found guilty of second-degree murder.

The suspect, who is due to appear in court tomorrow - the 33rd anniversary of Etan's disappearance - claims to have lured the boy away from his bus stop by promising him a soda, according to New York police chief Raymond Kelly.

Hernandez, now 51, took Etan into the basement of the bodega where he worked and strangled him, then wrapped the boy's body in a plastic bag and disposed of it near the store in New York's SoHo district.



Mr Lopez, 58, told MailOnline that he was not sure whether or not his brother-in-law was capable of murder, but that he did not rule it out.

'Everything points to him doing it,' he said. 'You do crazy things when you're younger, Pedro did.'

He added: 'When he was younger Pedro had a really short fuse and would get angry at nothing. There was one time with his ex-wife when they had a row and he broke a window and I had to come round and fix it.
'I've known Pedro since he was about 10. When he was a teenager, when he's supposed to have done this, he was a tough guy and knew how to handle himself but he was hot blooded and he would snap.

'I used to stay out of the way of him and his wife as they would row so much. Things did not end well between them, it wasn't good.'

His wife Margarita Lopez, Hernandez's sister, said: 'If he did something he should pay for it. I have kids and if something happened to them the person that did it will have to pay.

'It doesn't matter if he's my son, my brother, my father or whatever. They would have to pay for what they did.'


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2149483/Etan-Patz-case-Pedro-Hernandez-just-18-stabbed-6-year-old-death-1979.html





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25 may 2012

Suspect in NY killing hospitalized as suicide risk

The man accused of murdering 6-year-old Etan Patz was hospitalized for fear he might attempt suicide Friday, the 33rd anniversary of the boy's disappearance, as investigators worked to corroborate his confession in one of New York City's most traumatic missing-child cases.

Following decades of dead-end leads and false hopes among investigators, Pedro Hernandez was arrested Thursday after telling police he strangled Etan in 1979. At the time, Hernandez was an 18-year-old stock boy at a convenience store where Etan waited for his school bus.

Hernandez, 51, of Maple Shade, N.J., was scheduled to be arraigned on murder charges Friday, a date now recognized as National Missing Children's Day because of the Etan Patz case.

Police said Hernandez was taken to a secure wing at Bellevue Hospital to get medication for a pre-existing health problem, and doctors ordered him admitted after he talked about wanting to kill himself. Police would not disclose his health problem.

A court spokesman said arrangements were being made to conduct the arraignment via video from his hospital room.



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