New York – After 33 years, a man named Pedro Hernandez admitted kill, boy named Etan Patz was declared missing since 1979 on his way to school. At that time he was 6 years old.
New York police chief Ray Kelly said more than three decades, cases of Patz’s disappearance haunts New York and America as well as making the police helpless to find it. The disappearance of the boy is a symbol of growing concerns over the safety of children outside the home.
Patz was the first missing child whose face is attached to a milk carton box which followed the words on the request for information. Even the date he disappeared, May 25 came to be known as National Missing Children’s Day.
Now, a man identified as Pedro Hernandez confessed to strangling Patz 33 years ago in a basement at the grocery store in Manhattan where he worked.
It is said Kelly, Hernandez admitted that his actions in interrogation for 3 hours. On Thursday, May 24 pm local time, he then together with the New York police to the scene, which has now turned into the optician’s shop.
To police, Hernandez admitted using “the lure of drink soda” to persuade Patz to go with him. This time it was the first time Patz allowed parents traveling alone to school bus stops.
“He (Hernandez) and then took him to the basement shop, strangle him there and throw his body by putting a plastic bag and put it in the trash,” Kelly said as reported by AFP on Friday (05/25/2012).
According to Kelly, Hernandez is a married man has a teenage daughter. He is a U.S. citizen with no criminal record and was never a suspect in the investigation of any case. Unknown motive of his actions.
After more than three decades away from the law, Hernandez seemed stricken with guilt. “He said to the family and others that he has done bad things and killing a child in New York,” said Kelly.
According to the detectives who interrogated Hernandez, he seemed to regret his actions. Kelly crimes uncovered after police received information following the reactivation Patz search effort last month. At that time, the name of Etan Patz suddenly became trending topics on Twitter in line with the public interest to the case.