The haunting missing-child case of Etan Patz (AY’-tahn PAYTS’) is about to get its second turn before a jury, 37 years after the first-grader vanished in New York City. Opening statements are expected this week in the murder retrial of suspect Pedro Hernandez. A jury deadlocked last year.
Six-year-old Etan disappeared while heading to his school bus stop in May 1979. He was one of the first missing children ever featured on a milk carton. Hernandez worked at a corner store in Etan’s neighborhood but wasn’t a suspect until police got a tip in 2012. He confessed, but his lawyers say his admissions were false and he’s mentally ill. Etan’s father has said the first trial succeeded in providing long-sought answers for the family, if not in resolving the case.