Pedro Hernandez was due in court Monday for an update as doctors assessed whether he’s mentally fit to stand trial in Etan Patz’s death. Hernandez’s appearance was put off to Oct. 1, pending an investigation.
There are new details now known about the suspect in the 33-year-old disappearance of little Etan Patz, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported.
Armed with a search warrant, more than a dozen officers and a NYPD Crime Scene Unit van arrived at the Maple Shade, N.J., home of Pedro Hernandez on Wednesday afternoon.
CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman teamed up with CBS This Morning’s John Miller, an original reporter on the story, for an exclusive interview to break down the answer to the elusive question: what was the motive in the disappearance and killing of the boy?
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.