Etan Kalil Patz
North American Missing Persons Network
Etan Kalil Patz

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Above Images: Bottom Right: age-progressed to 17 years.

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 25, 1979 from New York City, New York
  • Classification: Non Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: October 9, 1972
  • Age: 6
  • Height: 3'4" (102 cm)
  • Weight: 50 lbs (23 kg)
  • Hair Color: Light Brown/Sandy
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Clothing: He was wearing a black cap, a blue corduroy jacket,
    blue pants, blue sneakers and carrying a blue bag with elephants on it.
  • Case Number: KNMP8367

  • Details of Disappearance
    Etan vanished on May 25, 1979, while walking alone to his school bus stop for the first time, two blocks from his home in New York's SoHo neighborhood. He was declared dead in 2001.

    Pedro Hernandez was indicted in Etan Patz murder in November 2012. He was indicted on two counts of murder in the second degree and one count of kidnapping in the first degree. He was first arrested by the NYPD in May 2012, after a member of his family told police he was responsible for Patz's murder. Hernandez told police he lured the boy into a SoHo basement on May 25, 1979, by offering him a soda. He confessed to strangling Patz and then wrapping his body in plastic wrap and putting it in the trash. Hernandez told family members over the years he had "done a bad thing and killed a child in New York," prompting one relative to turn him in.

    His own attorneys have raised the question as to whether mental health issues led him to make a false confession, but the Manhattan district attorney's office said Hernandez's confession will stand. Pedro Hernandez has been repeatedly diagnosed as suffering from schizophrenia, and has been found to suffer from schizotypal personality disorder. In New York, a defendant cannot be convicted solely on a confession. Prosecutors must present corroborating evidence.

    Another suspect, Jose Ramos, was declared responsible for Etan's death in a civil court, but the Manhattan district attorney's office has said there wasn't enough evidence to charge him criminally. Ramos has denied involvement in the boy's disappearance.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    New York Police Department

    Source Information
    ABC News