Etan Patz case: Why wasn’t Pedro Hernandez found guilty of murder?

On Friday, a judge declared a mistrial in the murder case against Pedro Hernandez, who confessed to killing Etan Patz – a 6-year-old boy who went missing in 1979.

The mistrial was declared because the jury could not come to a unanimous verdict. But New York prosecutors immediately moved for a second trial of Hernandez on the same murder charge.

When Patz disappeared from New York City in 1979, his family’s grief sparked a rise in awareness of missing and abducted children. Patz was one of the first missing children to be featured on milk cartons. However, it took more than 10 years of investigations for a suspect to emerge. The first suspect was Jose Antonio Ramos, a friend of a babysitter who worked for the Patz family. At that time, Ramos was already in prison for a previous conviction of child molestation, but police failed to find sufficient evidence to charge him for Patz’s disappearance. Ramos denied any involvement. READ MORE.