The man authorities believe is responsible for the 1979 kidnapping and death of 6-year-old Etan Patz was indicted on murder charges this afternoon -- five months after confessing to killing the boy.
Pedro Hernandez has been charged with two counts of second degree murder and one count of kidnapping for Patz's high-profile disappearance, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office confirms to the Voice.Hernandez confessed in May to the decades-old murder
after Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance's decision to reopen the case uncovered new leads.
One of those leads prompted authorities to tear up a
SoHo basement in April looking for the boy's remains
Authorities found nothing
when they tore up the basement, which was used at the time of Patz's disappearance as a workshop
for neighborhood handyman Othneil Miller, 75, who police said at the time was the
new "target" of their investigation. Miller was never charged and it was determined he had no connection to Patz's disappearance.
But the media attention the case received put Patz's disappearance back in the spotlight, which spawned even more leads for investigators, including the one that led to Hernandez's arrest.