Missing and Never Forgotten
Etan Kalil Patz
Missing since May 25, 1979 from New York City, New York
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
D/O/B - October 9, 1972
Clothing - Etan was wearing a black Future Flight Captain pilots cap; blue corduroy jacket;
blue pants; and blue sneakers with fluorescent stripes along the side.
He was carrying a blue bag imprinted with an elephant design.
DNA - Available
Etan was last seen walking to a bus stop in New York City, NY on Prince Street and Wooster Street at approximately 08:00.
He was en route to school and it was the first time he walked to the bus stop on his own.
Jose Ramos, a known pedophile currently serving time in a Pennsylvania prison for child abuse charges, is the prime suspect in Patz's disappearance. Ramos was a drifter and former mental patient who had a history of luring young boys while traveling across the United States in the 1970's. Ramos was in New York City at the time of Etan's disappearance and was an acquaintance of a former employee of the Patz family, a woman who escorted Etan to school during a short-lived bus-strike in 1979. The police believe Ramos may have been stalking her, that leading him to Etan. He also claimed he was with a child fitting Etan's description the day the boy vanished. He states that he approached the boy by saying he was a friend of the woman who used to work for the Patzes. A former cellmate of Ramos' claimed that he confessed to Etan's abduction and murder in 2000, claiming that he killed him and that authorities never will find the body.
The Patz family filed a wrongful death civil suit against Ramos and in May of 2004 the judge ruled that Jose Ramos is responsible for the disappearance and presumed death of Etan Patz. The judge declared Jose R. Ramos responsible for the boy's death because he disobeyed her orders to answer deposition questions under oath for a lawyer representing Etan's parents.
Etan has never been located.
New York office of the FBI
New York City Police Department
Detective Frank Saez