In 1983, President Ronald Reagan declared May 25, National Missing Childrenís Day. The same day six-year-old Etan Patz disappeared from lower Manhattan New York 1979. The six-year-old disappeared less than two blocks from the loft his family called home on the way to the bus stop. That fateful day was the first time Etan Patz walked to his bus stop alone, and he seemed to disappear into thin air.
Etan Patz is one of the first children to bring strong focus to the cause of missing children, and the search for Etan Patzs never stopped, due mostly to the dedication of Etanís father, Stanley Patz. Stan Patz is a photographer, who continues to keep his sonís picture circulating in the media. Not that anyone who has seen Etanís photograph could forget the tousle haired blue-eyed little boy.
Jose Antonio Ramos is a convicted child sexual predator who knew Etanís nanny. He has told police he had a young boy in his apartment the day Etan Patz disappeared, but later made it clear he let the boy go without hurting him. Yet, several of the men who were Jose Antonio Ramos prison cellmates have talked to authorities about what the pedophile told them, which includes killing Etan. Regardless, of who has said what or when or where, Etan Patz is still missing.
Jose Antonio Ramos is serving a twenty-year sentence for molesting an eight-year-old boy in the late eighties. His sentence ends in three years, in 2012. He will be 69 years old. No one knows for sure how many children he may have violated, as Jose Antonio Ramos has a long broken criminal arrest record across many states, he was a drifter, and often homeless.
Stan and Julia Patz believe this man is the man who took Etan, yet police do not have sufficient evidence to charge Jose Ramos with any crimes related to the disappearance of Etan Patz. The Patzs had New York Courts declare Etan deceased, and have sued Jose Antonio Ramos for the wrongful death of their son. The courts awarded the Patz $2 million dollars.
The Patzís have said the lawsuit is only to find out what happened to their son, yet Jose Antonio Ramos has refused to provide any clear-cut answers about Etan Patzís disappearance. Stan Patz told ABCís 60 Minutes II in an interview that every year he sends Etanís missing children poster to Jose Antonio Ramos on May 25 the day Etan Patz disappeared and October 9 Etanís birthday. On the back of the picture he always pens, ďWhat have you done with my son?Ē
Perhaps one-day when Etan is found, his family, the State of New York, and America will finally know what happened to the beautiful blonde haired blue eyes six year old that walked out of his home and disappeared into thin air. If you have any information on the disappearance of Etan Patz please contact your local FBI, or law enforcement, or go to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)website and turn in a cyber tip, you may remain anonymous.