After decades of inconclusive clues and stalled hopes, a former convenience-store stock clerk was arrested Thursday on a charge of murdering Etan, one of the first missing children ever to appear on a milk carton.
Pedro Hernandez has confessed to the killing of 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979. Hernandez worked in a nearby convenience store.
The abduction of Etan Patz in 1979 became part of a mosaic of parental fear that dramatically changed the American childhood experience. But it also saved lives, data suggest.
Etan Patz vanished in 1979; new clues have led law enforcement to a building near where he was last seen.