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Re: Etan Patz - Age 6 - Murdered - May 25, 1979 - NYC
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2009, 07:24:40 AM »
photos of Etan Patz
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Re: Etan Patz - Age 6 - Murdered - May 25, 1979 - NYC
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2009, 10:36:23 PM »
weird how they have a strong suspect but have not been able to charge him yet. Hope they can soon.

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Re: Etan Patz - Age 6 - Murdered - May 25, 1979 - NYC
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2010, 10:55:57 AM »
District attorney reopens case of first missing child on milk carton By Gabriel Falcon, CNN
May 26, 2010 8:12 p.m. EDT
 
Six-year-old Etan Patz disappeared while walking to his school bus on May 25, 1979.STORY HIGHLIGHTS
Etan Patz was first missing child whose picture was put on a milk carton
He disappeared in May 1979 as he walked two blocks to school bus stop
District attorney had promised during his election campaign to reopen case
Top suspect had made, then denied, statement connecting him to Etan, author said

New York (CNN) -- His was the first face of a missing child to appear on the back of a milk carton. Now, nearly 31 years to the day since Etan Patz vanished from a New York street, authorities are reopening his case.

The communications director for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. confirmed that the office is taking another look at the decades-old mystery.

"It's a case that the district attorney has been aware of since before running for office last year," said Erin Duggan. "Last summer he said he would take a fresh look at the case if he became district attorney. Tuesday he confirmed that the case had been reopened."

Duggan added, "This was the disappearance of a child that gripped the residents of Manhattan and continues to leave many questions unanswered."

Etan was 6 when he disappeared on the morning of May 25, 1979. "It was the first day that he was to walk two blocks from his apartment to the school bus stop," said Lisa R. Cohen, author of "After Etan: The Missing Child Case That Held America Captive."

"He had been wanting to do it by himself, and they gave him permission, literally two short blocks," Cohen said. "And his mother could see the bus stop at the end of the street and she saw parents there, waiting with kids for the bus, and so she let him go."

Etan was never seen alive again.

Jose Antonio Ramos, a convicted child molester, has been identified as a suspect in the disappearance, but has never been charged in connection with the case.

According to Cohen, Ramos initially told investigators that he was "90 percent sure" that a boy he had taken home on that day in 1979 was Etan.

Ramos has since denied making that statement, she said.

Cohen said Etan's father, Stan Patz, contacted her after the news was announced that the prosecutor was reopening the case. "He said, 'Maybe we'll finally get our day court,'" she said.

From families and detectives to people in the missing children movement, this case changed everything, Cohen said.

"Before Etan, parents did not have an image in their mind that something could happen to their children," she said. "And after Etan, they did."
http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/05/26/new.york.1979.missing.child/index.html

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Re: Etan Patz - Age 6 - Murdered - May 25, 1979 - NYC
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2010, 11:26:36 AM »
I saw this on the news last night!
I hope they can solve it. Such a sad case.


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Re: Etan Patz - Age 6 - Murdered - May 25, 1979 - NYC
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2010, 10:59:23 AM »
This little carton, the first time, with the first child, paved the way for many others to be found and a new way to communicate the missing. What a great honor that the carton is re-opened. What a greater honor it will be when the child's story can be properly embraced and laid to rest. I'm so happy for this family that the LE are revisiting and refuse to forget about such a beautiful little, happy, innocent face that reached many breakfast tables so long ago, and remained in so many hearts ever since.

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« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2012, 04:33:22 PM »
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/upshot/etan-patz-case-opened-181030534.html

The six-year-old boy who went missing from the Soho area of New York City in 1979 is back in the news. Police and the FBI are investigating a possible lead into the 33-year-old case of Etan Patz, the first missing child to appear on the side of a milk carton.
The child disappeared on the way to school on the morning of May 25, 1979. It was the first time he was allowed to walk the two blocks to the bus stop alone.
A tip apparently has led officials to the basement of a building on the corner of Prince and Wooster streets, about a block and a half from where Etan had lived with his family.
The name Etan Patz has become a trending topic on Twitter as people weigh in on the case. Shirley Brady noted: "As mom to a 6 y.o. in Soho, it's still held out by locals as cautionary tale." Another wrote, "Boy who disappeared on his way to school in 1979 has been REOPENED! Crazy." One wondered, "Why is fbi and nypd searchin for a kid that disappeared in 1979?"

Good question. This is a case that Stuart GraBois, as an assistant U.S. attorney under Rudolph Giuliani, pursued for years. It became the most famous missing-person case in New York City, prompting a nationwide spotlight on missing children, and generated headlines around the globe. No one was ever convicted of the crime.
The case led to the creation of National Missing Children's Day, marked on May 25, the day the blond-haired, blue-eyed child went missing.
The case has even pointed to a suspect, convicted child molester Julio Antonio Ramos, who is currently in prison. Patz's babysitter had been dating the man, and Ramos did know the kid, but has denied abducting him.
Apparently, new evidence in the case suggests another suspect who lived in the apartment at the time: a local handyman named Othniel Miller, who gave Etan $1 for helping him the night before the disappearance.
The man's name had come up in an earlier investigation, but he was a friend of the Patz family, and the NYPD did not follow the lead.
Investigators plan to be at the site, 127 B Prince St., which is now a Lucky Brand jeans store, for the next two to three days to search for human remains. The Associated Press reports that the excavation has been the result of a recently ordered review of the case by Manhattan's district attorney.

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Re: Etan Patz - Age 6 - Murdered - May 25, 1979 - NYC
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2012, 05:22:50 PM »
That be great if they find him a live and well.

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« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2012, 05:38:22 PM »
FBI and police officials didn't publicly announce what led them to the site, but a law enforcement official told The Associated Press that investigators made the decision to dig after an FBI dog detected the scent of human remains at the building over the past few weeks.

FBI spokesman Tim Flannelly said it was "one lead of many."

"We're out here 33 years after his disappearance, and we're not going to stop," he said.

Investigators have long eyed the basement with curiosity because it can be accessed from the street on the boy's route to school. At the time, the space was being used as a workshop by a neighborhood handyman who was thought to have been friendly with Etan.

FBI investigators have interviewed the man several times over the years. Investigators questioned him again recently, and as a result of those discussions decided to refocus their attention on the building, according to the law enforcement official.

The official spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing. Two other law enforcement officials also confirmed that an FBI dog had indicated the scent of human remains in the space.

Etan's parents, Stanley and Julie Patz, became outspoken advocates for missing children. For years, they refused to change their phone number, in the hope that Etan was alive somewhere, and might call. They never moved, although they obtained a court order in 2001 declaring the boy dead.

Stanley Patz didn't respond to phone calls and email messages Thursday. A man who answered the buzzer at the family's apartment said they wouldn't be speaking to the media.

No one has ever been prosecuted for Etan's disappearance, but Stanley Patz sued an incarcerated drifter and admitted child-molester, Jose Ramos, who had been dating Etan's baby sitter around the time he disappeared.

Ramos, who is not the carpenter whose workspace was being searched, denied killing the child, but in 2004 a Manhattan civil judge ruled him to be responsible for the death, largely due to his refusal to contest the case.

Ramos is scheduled to be released from prison in Pennsylvania in November, when he finishes serving most of a 20-year-sentence for abusing an 8-year-old boy.

His pending freedom is one of the factors that has given new urgency to the case.

Investigators have looked at a long list of possible suspects over the years, and have excavated in other places before without success.

The 13-foot by 62-foot basement space being searched Thursday sits beneath several clothing boutiques. Investigators began by removing drywall partitions so they could get to brick walls that were exposed back in 1979 when the boy disappeared, Browne said.

Browne said the excavation is part of a review of the case, which was reopened by the Manhattan district attorney two years ago.

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

The law enforcement activity forced the temporary closure of some businesses on the block, including the fashion boutique Wink, on the ground floor of the excavated building.

"It's insignificant," owner Stephen Werther said of the lost business. "It's retail. There's always another day for us to make a living. This may be the family's last chance to find out what happened to their son."

http://www.policeone.com/investigations/articles/5445888-Remains-of-early-milk-carton-missing-child-searched-for-in-N-Y/

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Re: Etan Patz - Age 6 - Murdered - May 25, 1979 - NYC
« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2012, 05:52:21 PM »
Etan Patz.

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Re: Etan Patz - Age 6 - Murdered - May 25, 1979 - NYC
« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2012, 06:10:24 PM »
how heart wrenching this story is.... :'(    that beautiful child!  One cannot help but wish against all odds that he is in the hands of a disturbed person who simply wanted a child to take care of.  Guess that couldn't possibly have been the case because this child was smart enough to dupe his parents into letting him walk to school alone, so he would probably be smart enough to have escaped by now. 

This is so sad... so tragic.  I will not rest tonight;  I very seldom rest unless I fall down tired. All these cases certainly break our hearts daily.. and continuously extract pounds of flesh from most of us who have been involved here for years.

I think I could deal with this stuff if just for once, one of these animals we are seeking, would be thrown to a couple of us to do with as we see fit.

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Re: Etan Patz - Age 6 - Murdered - May 25, 1979 - NYC
« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2012, 06:48:58 PM »
Incredible that there would be a scent of human remains that a dog could detect 20 years later? I had no idea that was possible.

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Re: Etan Patz - Age 6 - Murdered - May 25, 1979 - NYC
« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2012, 09:55:07 AM »
Police: Man in custody being questioned in 1979 Etan Patz case

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 11:21 AM EDT, Thu May 24, 2012


New York (CNN) -- Police say a man in custody has implicated himself in the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz, whose disappearance exactly 33 years ago Friday helped raise awareness of missing children after authorities tried a then-novel approach of putting the boy's face on milk cartons.

However, a law enforcement source told CNN Thursday that the man's claims about the boy are being treated with "a healthy dose of skepticism."

The man "has made statements to NYPD detectives" regarding Etan's disappearance and death 33 years ago, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said in a statement. Authorities will divulge more details later Thursday, he said.

The man, who was undergoing questioning, was picked up Wednesday in New Jersey, two law-enforcement sources told CNN.

More can be read at the link below.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/24/justice/new-york-etan-patz/index.html

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Re: Etan Patz - Age 6 - Murdered - May 25, 1979 - NYC
« Reply #13 on: May 24, 2012, 10:04:04 AM »

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« Reply #14 on: May 24, 2012, 06:13:13 PM »
Seems a coincidence that the original suspect Ramos and the person who has now confessed Hernandez both have Puerto Rican names. Hernandez was diagnosed with cancer so it may turn out that he may not have too long to live particularly in prison circumstances. His coming forward will allow Ramos to be freed I imagine. If Hernandez as an 18 year old did murder a six year old boy, it seems a highly unusually violent thing to do for someone who didn't go on in life to murder others that we know of, but then gratuitous violence was more the norm in New York in those days.