The NYPD announced Thursday that they've arrested Pedro Hernandez in the death of 6-year-old Etan Patz, who disappeared 33 years ago today.
Hernandez, 51, is a former Manhattan store clerk who lived in Patz’s neighborhood when the boy was killed. Hernandez told detectives he lured Patz into the basement of his store with a soda, choked him and disposed of his body in the trash.
No physical evidence or motive have been revealed at this time. Police say they were acting on a tip, and now have a written, signed confession by Hernandez in addition to 3.5 hours of video-taped statements.
Hernandez is expected to be arraigned later this morning.
The Patz family has been kept up to date with all of the developments. Police say Mr. Patz was surprised but “handled it well” after everything he’s been through.
"After Etan" author Lisa Cohen weighs in on this development in the case on Starting Point today, saying she is not convinced that Hernandez is the killer.
"I'd never heard his name before today," Cohen explains.
Is it a blood stain?
That's the question being asked this morning about a stain found on a wall, in the search to solve the decades-old mystery of Etan Patz.
Police and the FBI have been scouring the basement of a building in lower Manhattan, just steps from where the 6-year-old went missing 33 years ago. It was the workshop of a local handyman, Othniel Miller, who allegedly paid the boy a dollar salary to be his helper the night before he vanished.
Saturday, forensics found what they call a "stain of interest" – which is now being tested at an FBI lab.
This morning, Soledad talks with Lisa Cohen, Emmy-award winning producer and author of the 2009 book "After Etan." She explains whether the stain could be of any significance.
Marc Klaas, founder & volunteer president of KlaasKids Foundation, discusses the "emotional rollercoaster" he experienced when his daughter was kidnapped and murdered in 1993.
All this morning, we've been reporting on a possible break in the disappearance of Etan Patz, a story that captured the nation's attention 33 years ago.
The six-year-old vanished without a trace from his home in New York City on May 25th, 1979, without a single shred of physical evidence. The case had gone cold.
But yesterday, an FBI dog picked up the trail of possible human remains just yards from where Patz lived.
This morning, Soledad talks with NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly on "Starting Point" and asked him why there was a renewed focus on the case.
"After Etan" author Lisa Cohen on how the Patz family is coping after news after their son's case was reopened.