Pennsylvania inmate, Jose Ramos, was once declared responsible for Etan Patz’s kidnapping and death. It was announced today that Ramos is scheduled to be set free from prison on November 7. The Manhattan district attorney’s office could not charge Ramos due to lack of evidence against him.
Ramos has served 25 years on child molestation convictions in Pennsylvania according to the Huffington Post.
Pedro Hernandez is the current prime suspect in the murder of Etan Patz and was charged with Etan’s murder last May after confessing to police. Hernandez, now 51, was an 18-year-old convenience store worker at the time of Patz’s disappearance.
Young Etan Patz was the first missing child to ever have his picture displayed on a milk carton.
May 25, now commemorated as National Missing Children’s Day, is the date that Etan first went missing in New York City.
Etan disappeared in Lower Manhattan in 1979 when he was 6-years-old while making a short walk from his family’s home to catch his morning school bus.
In April, 2012, 33-years after Etan had gone missing, the FBI spent days excavating a basement near the Patz home hoping to find new clues to the missing child’s disappearance – but to no avail.
Although Hernandez has been charged with the second-degree murder of Etan Patz, the police have stated that there is no credible physical evidence supporting his confession that he strangled and killed Etan Patz, and then placed his body out with the trash.
Hernandez’s lawyer has stated that his client has a history of mental illness that includes hallucinations.
Jose Ramos has always denied any involvement in Etan Patz’s disappearance. Ramos said recently that he will be available for interviews after his release from prison.
For more on Etan’s disappearance and the 33-year search for clues, see the video: The Search for Etan Patz Resumes Today.
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