Etan Kalil Patz
Etan, approximately 1979; Age at the time of disappearance: -progression to Age at the time of disappearance: 17 (approximately 1989); Jose Antonio Ramos in 1988; Ramos in 2010; Pedro Hernandez in 2012
Date reported missing : 05/25/1979
Missing location (approx) :
Manhattan, New York
Missing classification : Non-Family Abduction
Gender : Male
DOB : 10/09/1972 (48)
Age at the time of disappearance: 6 years old
Height / Weight : 3'4, 50 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A black "Future Flight Captain" pilot cap pulled low over his eyes, a blue wide-wale corduroy jacket with the name "Jeff" sewn on the inside of it, blue pants and blue sneakers with fluorescent stripes.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Blond hair, blue eyes. Etan's name is pronounced "Ay-tahn," and his last name rhymes with "gates."
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Etan was last seen walking to his school bus stop in the New York City borough of Manhattan on May 25, 1979 at approximately 8:00 a.m. His family resided in an apartment on Prince Street near West Broadway. The stop was on Prince Street and Wooster Streets, two blocks away. This was the first time Etan's parents allowed him to walk to the bus stop alone.
Etan was carrying a blue cloth bag imprinted with elephants and one dollar for a soft drink at the time of his disappearance. His mother watched him out the window until he crossed Wooster Street, 150 yards from the bus stop. He has never been heard from again.
Etan's bus arrived at the stop at 8:10 a.m. as usual and picked up a number of children, but Etan was not among the group. Etan's first-grade teacher at Independence Plaza School realized he was absent but did not report it to the principal, so Etan's parents did not realize he was missing until he failed to come home at 3:15 p.m. that day. After checking with neighbors to see if he was with them, they notified the authorities.
A known pedophile named Jose Antonio Ramos was the prime suspect in Etan's disappearance for many years. Photographs of him are shown with this case summary. Ramos was a drifter with mental problems who was known for assaulting young boys as he crossed the United States in the 1970s. He tended to prefer boys with light hair, like Etan.
Ramos was in New York City at the time of Etan's 1979 disappearance. He also dated a woman formerly employed by the Etan family to walk the child to and from school during a school bus strike; he was suspected of stalking the woman and molesting her son before Etan vanished. Police believed Ramos may have seen Etan accompanied by the woman, therein inadvertently leading Ramos to the child.
Ramos claimed he was with a boy matching Etan's description the day the boy disappeared. He described Etan's sneakers with their distinctive fluorescent stripes.