Etan Patz Suspect Kept Photo of Boy for Years

Pedro Hernandez's ex-wife says she found picture among his possessions
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 8, 2012 4:37 PM CDT

(Newser) – The man who confessed to murdering 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979 kept a photo of the boy for years following the killing, his ex-wife told police. Daisy Rivera, former spouse of Pedro Hernandez, said she found the picture, which was apparently cut from a missing persons poster, in a “box of his personal papers," a law enforcement source told the New York Post. When she asked him about it, an enraged Hernandez told her to keep out of his things.

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According to the source, cops procured a warrant to search Hernandez's house in New Jersey for the box containing the photo, but they could not find it. Authorities will have to rely on his ex-wife's testimony if there is a trial. In May, Hernandez confessed to murdering Patz and dumping his body in the trash. He was charged with second-degree murder. (Read more Etan Patz stories.)

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