With Pedro Hernandez giving a detailed confession in the disappearance of Etan Patz, authorities are now working on corroborating it.
District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. says it’s “premature” to say how confident he is that a former stock clerk is the person who killed a boy who vanished in 1979.
Pedro Hernandez told investigators that on May 25, 1979, he lured Patz into the basement of a SoHo deli where he worked, choked him, put his body in a plastic bag and threw it out with the trash, police said.
Pedro Hernandez is still in the hospital where he was arraigned bedside Friday on second-degree murder charges in the 33-year-old case.
Police have continued to investigate the death of Etan Patz. Pedro Hernandez confessed to killing Patz thirty-three years ago, according to investigators. They have now started to focus their investigation on what he told other people in the years following Etan’s death.
“Juries like to know the “why,” John Miller explained. “And there’s something missing in this story here. It’s very unlikely that he just lured a boy down into the basement with a soda and killed him for the simple thrill of it.”
The suspect in the killing of Etan Patz remained on suicide watch on Saturday morning. Pedro Hernandez is charged with second-degree murder in the 33-year-old killing.
Wearing an orange jumpsuit and seated with his hands behind his back, Pedro Hernandez was arraigned from his bedside at Bellevue Hospital via teleconference. He did not enter a plea.
Many questions remain about why Hernandez confessed now and how he has lived with his deadly secret for so many years.
At the corner of West Broadway and Prince Street sits a makeshift memorial with flowers and a teddy bear.Once a Bodega, it was there, police said, that 51-year-old Pedro Hernandez killed the 6-year-old 33 years ago.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said after Pedro Hernandez was questioned in New Jersey Wednesday night, he voluntarily returned to New York City and took police to the scene of the crime.
There have been nine police commissioners since Etan Patz disappeared 33 years ago Friday, but the man in charge of the NYPD back then says the case frustrated him, haunted him and left a deep emotional tie.
British authorities announced new efforts Wednesday to solve the case Madeleine McCann, a little girl who disappeared in 2007 while her family was on vacation in Portugal.
The excavation of a Manhattan basement yielded no obvious human remains and little forensic evidence that would help solve the decades-long mystery of what happened to Etan Patz, a 6-year-old who vanished while walking to a bus stop 33 years ago.
As rain poured on SoHo FBI Agents and the NYPD packed up their equipment and concluded Sunday’s search for the remains of Etan Patz. Patz disappeared on his way to catch a school bus thirty-three years ago.