THE BRONX - With the arrest of Etan Patz's alleged killer almost 33 years to the day the 6-year-old went missing, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is hoping the discovery will remind the public of other unsolved cases of missing children.
The center says there are six reported unsolved cases of missing children in The Bronx, with the oldest dating back to 1985. A director for the center says the arrest of Pedro Hernandez, Patz's alleged killer, should reassure families of other missing children that police continue to work on unsolved cases.
Patz disappeared on May 25, 1979 as he walked to his school bus stop in his SoHo neighborhood. Hernandez has confessed to murdering the boy in the basement of a nearby convenience store where he worked and has been charged with second-degree murder.
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan declared May 25 National Missing Children's Day.