PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man long considered the prime suspect in the disappearance of a New York City boy more than three decades ago is being released from a Pennsylvania prison after serving time on child molestation convictions.
Six-year-old Etan Patz (AY'-tahn PAYTS) vanished in 1979 after leaving his Manhattan home for a bus stop. His disappearance led to the movement to publicize missing children's cases.
Authorities say convicted pedophile Jose Ramos (ho-ZAY' RAH'-mohs) was considered the prime suspect. He is now 69 and is set to be released Wednesday.
A new suspect was charged this year with Etan's murder after confessing. The man's lawyer says his client is mentally ill and prosecutors are deciding whether there's evidence enough to continue a case against him.