In 1983, President Ronald Reagan declared May 25, National Missing Childrenís Day. Etan Patz disappeared on this day 33 years ago. Six-year-old Etan seemed to disappear into thin air less than two blocks from his familyís loft as he walked to his school bus stop for the very first time alone. Over the last 33 years there have been few clues as to what happened to Etan Patz the day he disappeared and most details have been little more than speculation.
Etan Patz was one of the first missing children cases to focus to the plight of missing and abducted children when his photograph appeared on milk cartons across the nation. Etanís father Stanley Patz has worked diligently to keep the details of his sonís disappearance alive in the eyes of the nation through the news media over the past three decades.
One person in particular has been the focus by both authorities and Etanís parents during the last 33 years since Etan disappeared. That man is a convicted sex offender named Jose Ramos. Ramos dated Etanís nanny around the time the boy disappeared and when questioned during the original investigation told authorities that he did have a young boy in his apartment on the day Etan disappeared. He also told them he let the boy go without hurting him. Stan and Julia Patz had the State of New York declared their son dead in 2001 in order to pursue a civil lawsuit against Ramos. Currently, Ramos is in prison and his sentence ends later this year.
Last month the case heated up after forensic specialists began searching the basement of 127 Prince Street after cadaver dogs signaled they located a scent. The basement at that location was a workshop for local handy man and family friend, Othniel Miller, back in 1979. However, less than a week later, that search ended with chunks of concrete loaded onto trailers and sent to forensic labs for further evaluation. Authorities informed the media and the Patzís the search was unsuccessful in providing clues regarding Etanís disappearance.
Sadly, one of the longest running missing children cases in America is once again frustratingly void of answers. That is until today. Early this morning multiple news sources began reporting that, a New Jersey man may have the answers to what happened 33 years ago when Etan went missing.
Tonight, Fox News reports, and Ray Kelly, New Yorkís Police Commissioner confirms, 51-year-old Pedro Hernandez has confessed to authorities intimate details regarding Etanís disappearance May 25, 1979. The New York Police Commissioner announced via Fox News that Pedro Hernandez confessed to killing Etan by strangulation after he lured Etan into the store he was working at during that time near Etan's bus stop. Hernandez was a 19 year old teenager at that time. Authorities have notified Etanís parents regarding the arrest of Pedro Hernandez for the abduction and murder of their son, Etan Patz.
Ironically, May 25 is National Missing Childrenís Day and exactly 33 years to the date when blonde haired blue-eyed Etan Patz walked out the door of his home and disappeared into thin air. Finally, there are a few answers about what may have happened to this beautiful innocent little boy. My prayers tonight are for Stan and Julia Patz, as they begin to learn the details of their sonís disappearance.