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Man Arrested In 1979 Disappearance Of NYC Boy Patz

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City police say they have a signed confession in a decades-old missing children's movement.

A former convenience store clerk is said to have confessed to luring 6-year-old Etan Patz from his school bus stop in 1979 and choking him to death in a basement.

Pedro Hernandez was arrested on a murder charge after he told police he promised the boy a soda, took him to his store - just blocks from Etan's lower Manhattan home - and killed him there. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Hernandez told police he put Etan's body in some trash about a block from the store. Kelly said it's possible it was picked up by sanitation crews.

Etan's photo was one of the first of a missing child to appear on a milk carton. The anniversary of Etan's disappearance, which is Friday, was named National Missing Children's Day by presidential proclamation in 1983.

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