Suspect Confesses to Strangling Etan Patz

    New York police spokesman Paul Browne holds up an original Etan Patz missing person poster while speaking to reporters near an apartment building in Soho, Thursday, April 19, 2012 in New York.  Police officers and FBI agents began tearing apart a New York City basement Thursday as part of a decades-old investigation into the disappearance of Patz, 6, who vanished May 25, 1979, after leaving his family's Manhattan apartment for a short walk to catch a school bus.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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    A New Jersey man reportedly confessed to police that he strangled Etan Patz, the 6-year-old boy who disappeared in 1979, and hid his body in a box, officials told The New York Times on Thursday. NBC New York reported that the man said he lured Patz with candy and then attacked the boy. Police confirmed they are questioning a man, identified by law enforcement sources as Pedro Hernandez, who has implicated himself in connection to the 1979 disappearance. Patz vanished on May 25, 1979, setting off a national frenzy, but police have never found his body. They have long suspected a convicted child molester, Jose Ramos, who has been declared by a civil judge as being responsible for Patz's disappearance.

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