Man Admits Involvement in 33-year-old Case of Missing Jewish Boy, Say New York Police

New York police investigating claim by a man who admitted to be involved in the alleged murder of 6-year-old Etan Patz, who disappeared on the way to catch a school bus in 1979.

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Police in New York say they have man in custody who has implicated himself in the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz.

Patz, who was 6 at the time of his disappearance, never made it to his school bus stop in SOHO on March 25, 1979, the first time he had walked to the bus stop by himself. His mother did not realize that he had not been in school all day until he failed to return home at the end of the school day.

Police took the man into custody on Wednesday, and said they would release more details on Thursday.

In April, police dug up a basement in SoHo that belonged to a former handyman, Othniel Miller, which was located on Etan's route to the school bus. No new evidence was uncovered.

Jose Ramos, 68, a convicted pedophile due to be released from prison in November, was declared responsible for Etan's death in a 2004 civil case. But no one was ever arrested and charged with the boy's disappearance.

A photo of Etan Patz, who disappeared on the way to school in 1979.Credit: AP
An FBI agent leaves the basement of an apartment building, where they were searching for clues in the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz, in New York April 23, 2012.Credit: AP