“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.
On Saturday, sources reported that investigators discovered what they described as a suspicious stain on a concrete wall while tearing apart the basement. However, the FBI won’t conform those reports, and said that Sunday will be a painstaking process.
The renewed search for Etan Patz is continuing this weekend, and so far investigators haven’t found new evidence inside a SoHo building. FBI agents and the NYPD resumed their efforts this morning, looking for any sign of the boy who went missing three decades ago.
Work crews hauled in a dumpster as investigators began breaking up the concrete floor and busting through brick walls in the basement of 127 Prince Street looking for clues in the decades-old disappearance.
Patz’s 1979 disappearance caused a frenzy in New York City. It also prompted huge changes in the way missing child cases were handled. Patz was the first missing child to appear on the back of a milk carton.