May 24, 2012
Man in custody implicated himself in Etan Patz’ disappearance
Police in New York say they have man in custody who has implicated himself in the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz.
Patz, who was 6 at the time of his disappearance, never made it to his school bus stop in SOHO on March 25, 1979, the first time he had walked to the bus stop by himself. His mother did not realize that he had not been in school all day until he failed to return home at the end of the school day.
Police took the man into custody on Wednesday, and said they would release more details on Thursday.
In April, police dug up a basement in SoHo that belonged to a former handyman, Othniel Miller, which was located on Etan’s route to the school bus. No new evidence was uncovered.
Jose Ramos, 68, a convicted pedophile due to be released from prison in November, was declared responsible for Etan’s death in a 2004 civil case. But no one was ever arrested and charged with the boy’s disappearance.