NEW YORK - Police were set to announce the arrest of a New Jersey man on Thursday in the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz from his New York City neighborhood, according to a source close to the investigation into the case that drew national attention to the plight of missing children.
The arrest would come a day after the suspect, identified by sources as Pedro Hernandez, was picked up in Camden, New Jersey for questioning in the case. The source close to the investigation said officials were waiting for all the necessary paperwork to be filed before publicly announcing the arrest.
Another source said Hernandez came forward at this time because he has been diagnosed with cancer and was facing problems in his marriage. He has confessed to his role in the case to both his current wife and ex-wife, the source said.
"An individual now in custody has made statements to NYPD detectives implicating himself in the disappearance and death of Etan Patz 33 years ago," New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said in a statement.