1. Skip to navigation
  2. Skip to content
  3. Skip to secondary content

Latino Daily News

Friday May 25, 2012

Bodega Worker Pedro Hernandez Arrested for Murder of Etan Patz

Bodega Worker Pedro Hernandez  Arrested for Murder of Etan Patz

Photo: Pedro Hernandez Arrested Murder of Etan Patz

Click Here to Enlarge Photo

Bodega worker, 51-year-old Pedro Hernandez has been arrested for the murder of 6-year-old Etan Patz who disappeared on his way to his school bus in 1979.

According to authorities Hernandez of New Jersey confessed to luring the youngster with a soda at the bodega he worked near the boy’s Prince Street home.  Allegedly Hernandez took the boy to the basement where he strangled him and disposed of his body.  Certain reports are stating the boy’s body was cut into pieces other are reporting his body was thrown away with the bodega’s trash.  To this day remains have not been found.

Hernandez is expected to be arraigned today and is currently on suicide watch at New York’s Bellevue Hospital.  No motive is known for the crime.

There has been a flurry of activity in this 1979 missing child’s case after the case was reopened in 2010.  Today is the 33rd anniversary of Patz’s disappearance that led to the creation of ‘National Missing Childrens Day’ and the often used practice of placing pictures of missing children on sides of milk cartons.

Attention was focused on Hernandez when family members recently recalled hearing Hernandez talking about killing a child and hiding his body in the local bodega.  When police brought him in to discuss those accusations he confessed. 

Police are now investigating the confession to see if it is viable. Hernandez lived in Maple Shade, New Jersey with his wife and daughter and would have been 19 at the time of the killing.