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  • Trial date put off in NYC 1979 missing-boy case

    A New York murder trial for a suspect in one of the country's most prominent missing-child cases is being postponed for months as psychiatric exams and other preparations continue.

  • **FILE** Murder suspect Pedro Hernandez is seen here in May 2012. Attorney Harvey Fishbein says Hernandez, 51, is being charged in the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz. Hernandez, of Maple Shade, N.J., was arrested this year and investigators say he confessed. (Associated Press)

    Lawyer: Man in Patz case will plead not guilty

    The man charged with killing a New York City boy in 1979 has appeared in court in a case that catalyzed the missing-children's movement.

  • Inmate Jose A. Ramos, the man who was long the prime suspect in a landmark case of missing New York City boy Etan Patz, is seen here May 28, 2010, in a photo provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. (Associated Press/Pennsylvania Department of Corrections)

    Longtime Etan Patz suspect released, then held

    A man long considered the prime suspect in the disappearance of a New York City boy more than three decades ago was released from a Pennsylvania prison on Wednesday then immediately arrested on a Megan's Law violation, state police said.

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  • In this courtroom drawing, Pedro Hernandez, second right, is arraigned at Manhattan Criminal Court before Judge Matthew Sciarrino Jr., via closed circuit television from Bellevue Hospital in New York, Friday, May 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)

    Shock over arrest in N.Y. boy's 1979 disappearance

    When police dug up a Manhattan basement last month in a fruitless search for the remains of Etan Patz, a 6-year-old boy who disappeared in 1979, Lucy Suarez saw the news on TV and wished that the family of the missing child would finally get some peace.

  • New York City police commissioner Raymond Kelly speaks during a news conference Thursday, May 24, 2012, in New York. Pedro Hernandez has implicated himself in the death of 6-year-old Etan Patz, whose disappearance 33 years ago on his way to school helped launch a missing children's movement that put kids' faces on milk cartons. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Man charged with murder in 1979 death of Patz

    A man accused of luring 6-year-old Etan Patz into the basement of a convenience store with the promise of a soda in 1979 and strangling him was charged with second-degree murder on Friday, the 33rd anniversary of the boy's disappearance.

  • This undated file image provided Friday, May 28, 2010, by Stanley K. Patz shows a flyer distributed by the New York Police Department of Patz's son Etan who vanished in New York on May 25, 1979. (AP Photo/Courtesy NYPD/file)

    Man arrested in 1979 disappearance of NYC boy Patz

    In a potential break in one of the nation's most baffling missing-children cases, a former convenience-store employee has told police that he suffocated 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979 and left the boy's body in a box in an alley, law enforcement officials said Thursday.

  • New York City police stand at a barricade on Monday, April 23, 2012, in front of a building in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan where authorities were digging up the basement in connection with the disappearance 33 years ago of 6-year-old Etan Patz. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)

    No obvious remains found during excavation for missing NYC boy

    Authorities on Monday finished excavating a Manhattan basement in connection to the disappearance of a 6-year-old boy three decades ago without finding any obvious human remains, law enforcement officials said Monday.

  • Etan Patz

    Missing boy spurred era of anxiety

    A generation of sheltered American children grew up in the shadow of anxiety that fell over this country one day in 1979, when a little boy with a charming grin vanished from a Manhattan street corner.

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