Search for Etan

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.

May 24, 2012 1:29:19 PM PDT
We're calling it the "Search for Etan," but after these years since 1979, what anyone could find of the then-6 year old Etan Patz isn't much more than some bones and DNA.

The breaking news we're following today - and then tonight at 11, is that a man named Pedro Hernandez from Maple Shade, New Jersey is now being questioned by the NYPD. He hasn't yet been charged - remember there's a man in prison for an unrelated crime who cops for decades believed was Etan's murderer - but there are reports that Hernandez has confessed to the killing. And now we learn that, after witnessing the dig in SoHo last month - where authorities excavated the basement of a building looking for DNA and bones - family members or friends of Mr. Hernandez called cops to alert them that he had, in the past, hinted and suggested that he was involved in the disappearance of Etan.

We're covering every angle of this new development. For the Patz family, this is yet another in a decades-long series of woulda-coulda-shoulda-maybe's. Just a heart-wrenching story, and we'll have the latest, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, Consumer Reports takes a closer look at the increasing number of blind spots in newer cars - maybe you've noticed them. The twist here is that the new and cool designs of autos is sparking more dangerous blind spots.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg with his Memorial Day weekend AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers, with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.

Two notes: I'll be off on Friday, and will be working Monday. However, because of the holiday, this column will resume on Tuesday.


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