50 people in 50 days: First milk carton case still unsolved
Etan Patz was last seen walking to a New York bus stop on May 25, 1979.
February 16th, 2011
06:41 PM ET

50 people in 50 days: First milk carton case still unsolved

Editor's note: Nancy Grace's new show on HLN, "Nancy Grace: America's Missing," is dedicated to finding 50 people in 50 days. As part of the effort, which relies heavily on audience participation, CNN.com's news blog This Just In will feature the stories of the missing.

This is the 23rd case, and it will be shown at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday on HLN.

More than 30 years after Etan Patz's face became the first of a missing child to appear on a milk carton, authorities still aren't sure what happened to him.

Etan was 6 when his parents finally gave him permission to walk to a school bus stop alone in New York City on May 25, 1979. The stop was just two blocks from his parents’ apartment.

The boy never made it to school that day. Police searched for the 6-year-old, from rooftops to basements, but nothing was immediately found.

In 1982, police identified Jose Antonio Ramos - a convicted child molester - as a suspect, but he has never been charged in  Etan’s case.

The Manhattan district attorney’s office said last year that it was taking another look at the case.

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. RUFFNUTT

    why cant they just decriminallize the killing of child molesters? might save alot of tax payer money...

    or howabout if you get convicted of child molestation.. your citzenship to the usa is revoked.?

    February 16, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gabriel

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      March 13, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Lia

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      March 14, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy

    Ok, Ruffie, but where would the authorities deport him to?

    Although I am still in favor of *ahem* getting rid of the beans and wiener of the guilty...and hands, too, if necessary. I have no forgiveness to one who hurts a child this way.

    February 16, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      How about a one way trip to Iran with the Arabic words tattooed on his forehead "I am a child molester and I hate Allah"?

      February 17, 2011 at 4:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. RUFFNUTT

    cuba.. may him one of those enemy combatants.. or just give them a raft and tug them out to sea..

    February 16, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. raven

    Or send em all to the SAME prison so they could get the same thing done to them as they did to someone else and theyd prolly pick each other off too .

    February 17, 2011 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. children of the Scorn

    NO! they DON'T deserve to live!

    February 17, 2011 at 4:06 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tom

    Thats all really good ideas but what about some 18 year old guy getting involved with a girl that he thinks of age and she is not or she gets mad at him and turns him in. It happens every day should those young men die? Just some food for thought!

    February 17, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |