(NEW YORK) — New York City police are investigating whether they finally have someone in custody whom they can charge with murder in connection to the disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz that happened 33 years ago.
Officials say the man in custody has implicated himself in the death of the little boy.
“An individual now in custody has made statements to N.Y.P.D. detectives implicating himself in the disappearance and death of Etan Patz 33 years ago,” NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly said in a statement Thursday morning.
One law enforcement official identified the man as Pedro Hernandez, who was taken into custody late Wednesday in New Jersey and moved to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, according to The New York Times.
Patz disappeared on the morning of May 25, 1979, soon after leaving his parents’ apartment in New York’s SoHo neighborhood, the first time he was to walk to the school bus stop by himself.
The search for the boy has been one of the largest, longest lasting and most heart wrenching hunts for a missing child in the country’s recent history. His photo was among the first of a missing child to appear on a milk carton.
Kelly said in the statement that further details would be released later Thursday.
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