Some 33 years have gone by since the six-year-old Etan Patz went missing. It took the police more than three decades to finally crack the case. Pedro Hernandez, suspect in the Etan Patz case was arrested just before the National Missing Children’s Day.
The Etan Patz case baffled New York police for decades in a row. On Thursday, after 33 years, the police announced they have a suspect in custody. A former bodega stock clerk named Pedro Hernandez was arrested thanks to his own confession.
According to Hernandez, he was working in a bodega in the proximity of the boy’s home. The six-year old was lured in with a soda and soon was attacked and killed. Hernandez confessed to choking the child to death in the basement of the bodega.
Ray Kelly, Police Commissioner, said that Pedro Hernandez became a suspect after officers with the Missing Persons unit received information the man was telling people he killed a child. “In the years following Etan’s disappearance, Hernandez had told a family member, and other, that he had done a bad thing and killed a child in New York”.
The 51-year-old Pedro Hernandez confessed to the police when they brought him in for questioning this Wednesday night. Apparently, the man had no particular reason to attack the child and told the police the boy’s body was put in the trash. But, as much as the police is now raving other the first bust in this case, it’s going to be tricky to prove that in court.
Police didn’t find the body of Etan Patz and people who knew the suspect in custody gave statements that don’t necessarily describe a killer. Dan Wollick is the suspect’s neighbor. He said: “I can’t believe something like that. This guy, he doesn’t seem that way”. Pedro Hernandez has three children of his own and his sister, Maria, is having a hard time accepting the news.
Although the police hopes “these developments bring some measure of peace to the family” it’s going to be difficult to convict Hernandez. They need to put together witness statements and strong evidence to prove that Hernandez’s confession is accurate.
Juan Ramos was the police’s lead for a long time. He was the boyfriend of Etan Patz’s sister, but the police couldn’t find evidence to link him to the case.