Etan Patz 30th Anniversary

The six-year-old boy's face became a symbol of the search for missing children.

Missing Forever: What Really Happened to Etan Patz?

Etan Patz
Etan Patz
Etan Patz
Etan Patz
Etan Patz
Etan Patz
Etan Patz
Etan Patz
Etan Patz
Etan Patz
Etan Patz
Etan Patz
Etan Patz
Etan Patz
On May 25, 1979, 6-year-old Etan Patz set out to walk two blocks from his home to his school bus stop in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City. Etan mysteriously vanished and his disappearance triggered a massive search attracting national media attention. Neighbors and police covered the city with missing child posters featuring Etan's smiling face, an image that would become etched in the public's memory. Three years after Etan's disappearance, an anonymous donor offered a $25,000 reward for information that could help find the Patz family's little boy.

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