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Grand jury indicts Etan Patz’s alleged killer

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  • Pedro Hernandez faces murder, kidnapping charges
  • 6-year-old went missing in 1979 walking to bus stop
Pedro Hernandez was indicted on two counts of second-degree murder for the 1979 death of Etan Patz.

A grand jury on Wednesday indicted Pedro Hernandez on two counts of second-degree murder for the 1979 death of Etan Patz. Hernandez is also facing one count of kidnapping in the first degree.

READ MORE: Hernandez’s indictment

Patz disappeared May 25, 1979, from his Soho neighborhood in New York City. The 6-year-old was walking to the bus stop by himself for the first time. The search for Patz was extensive, and he became the first child whose picture was featured on milk cartons in hopes someone would have seen him, recognize his picture and alert authorities. The family has kept the same phone number since 1979, just in case the child calls home.

READ MORE: How Etan Patz changed the way we search for kids

Earlier this year, Hernandez confessed to murdering Patz. He told police that he choked the boy after luring him into the basement of a Manhattan grocery store.

Harvey Fishbein, the attorney representing Hernandez, says his client will appear in court Thursday where he will likely be arraigned.

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