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FBI Has Reason to Doubt Pedro Hernandez Confession to Killing Etan Patz

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Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

Like the rest of the Etan Patz disappearance, the murder confession of Pedro Hernandez is not an open-and-shut case.

Lack of evidence, inconsistencies in the suspect’s story, and mental health issues are bringing Hernandez’s confession into doubt, according to the NY Daily News.

Since the 6-year-old Patz went missing in 1979, there has been an emotional parade of suspects and revived searches, including the recent deconstruction of a SoHo basement that revealed no new evidence. When Hernandez, an 18 year old neighborhood bodega worker at the time of the disappearance, confessed in great detail last Wednesday, it appeared something had finally gone right. Hernandez was charged Thursday, and arraigned Friday for second-degree murder.

Several witnesses reported that Hernandez confided to them about hurting a child in the years since Patz went missing. Hernandez said he lured Patz into the bodega by promising treats, only to strangle him to death and discard the body in a garbage bag. However the bipolar suspect appears to be an unreliable source and there is no material evidence linking him to Patz. The child’s body has never been recovered.

“The bosses are very skeptical,” a police source in contact with the FBI told the Daily News. “They don’t believe him. He’s got mental problems and there’s no other evidence. They think we moved too fast.”

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FBI and NYPD May Soon Finally Close 33 Year Old Case of Missing Child Etan Patz

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Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

One of the first missing kids featured on a milk carton may see justice after all, though 33 years after his disappearance and long after he was assumed dead, it may be small comfort to his family.

Pedro Hernandez was picked up by local cops in Camden, N.J., yesterday, and “made statements to NYPD detectives implicating himself in the disappearance and death of Etan Patz,” reports the NY Daily News.

It seemed the long forgotten case of Etan Patz, the Brooklyn 6 year old who went missing in 1979, was suddenly reopened then shut again in April, when the NYPD and FBI gutted a SoHo basement looking for remains, but found nothing.

Othniel Miller, who worked in that basement and knew Patz from the neighborhood, said he was “deeply saddened” by the boy’s disappearance. His lawyer protested that Miller’s reputation had been “dragged through the mud” by the reopened case.

A 2004 New York civil case declared prime-suspect and pedophile Jose Ramos responsible for Etan’s death, though he is not serving time for this case. Ramos, now 68, is due to be released in November from a Pennsylvania prison where he is doing time for molesting two boys. He previously admitted to raping a young boy who looked like Etan on the day he disappeared, but insisted he let the boy go.

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FBI and NYPD Reopen 1979 Etan Patz Disappearance

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Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

The disappearance of 6-year- old New York boy Etan Patz 33 years ago has never been resolved nor forgotten.

The New York Times reports 40 police and FBI investigators swarmed a SoHo art storage space on Thursday morning, ready to disassemble the 13 by 62 foot space brick by brick in search of the boy’s remains. The flurry follows release of a search warrant in response to the reaction of a cadaver-sniffing dog in the long-observed storage space.

“Obviously we’re hopeful that we’ll find evidence in the disappearance of Etan Patz,” F.B.I. spokesman Tim Flannelly told the NY Times. “But the take-away of this is that we’re committed to these types of investigations, as is the N.Y.P.D. And we’re trying to bring closure to the investigation and the family, and we’re not going to be frustrated by time.”

At the time of Patz’s disappearance in 1979 there was a world-wide hunt, and he was one of the first missing children to be displayed on milk cartons.

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