Officials Make Arrest In Etan Patz Disappearance Case
New York, NY (WIBX) - There is a major development in the case of a New York boy who vanished 33 years ago while walking to his school bus stop. NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly says the suspect, Pedro Hernandez, is in police custody after implicating himself in the disappearance and death of six-year-old Etan Patz in 1979.
According to the New York Times, the man claims to have strangled the boy, wrapping his body in a bag, and placing his remains in a box, which he allegedly told investigators he left somewhere in Manhattan. According to the report by William K. Rashbaum and Joseph Goldstein, Hernandez went back to the location where he left the box several days later, but it was no longer there. According to the report, Hernandez may have confessed to the crime to family members.
The Patz case was brought back to light last month, when law enforcement began digging up the Soho basement of a handyman who knew the boy at the time of his disappearance. The search did not produce a body and investigators seemed to be back at square one in their attempts to solve this case.