NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors are weighing what to do about a suspect who surprisingly surfaced this year in a 1979 child disappearance in New York City. The man who was the prime suspect for years is about to go free after almost two decades in prison for molesting children in Pennsylvania.
These two threads in the story surrounding the vanishing of Etan Patz (AY'-tahn payts) are crossing next month. The 6-year-old was last seen walking to his school bus stop. The anniversary of the boy's disappearance, May 25, is now National Missing Children's Day.
The Pennsylvania inmate, Jose A. Ramos, is to be released Nov. 7. That's about a week before prosecutors are due to indicate whether they believe there's evidence enough to keep going after the man now jailed in Etan's death.