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Former Etan Patz Suspect Set to Go Free Wednesday

Jose Ramos was declared responsible for Etan's death in a civil court in 2004, but the Manhattan district attorney's office has said there wasn't enough evidence to charge him criminally

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    In this May 28, 2010 photo provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, inmate Jose A. Ramos is shown.

    The man who was the prime suspect for years in a landmark child disappearance case is about to be released from a Pennsylvania prison where he has spent 20 years for molesting other children.     

    Six-year-old Etan Patz went missing from SoHo on his way to school on May 25, 1979. He was never found.     

    The Pennsylvania inmate, Jose Ramos, was declared responsible for Etan's death in a civil court in 2004, but the Manhattan district attorney's office has said there wasn't enough evidence to charge him criminally. He has denied any involvement in Etan's disappearance.     

    Ramos has been incarcerated at the state prison at Dallas in northeastern Pennsylvania on unrelated child molestation convictions. Prison spokesman Michael Goyne said Tuesday that Ramos is set to be freed on Wednesday.

    NYPD Announces Arrest in 1979 Cold Case

    [NY] RAW: NYPD Announces Arrest in 1979 Killing of Etan Patz
    NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly announced the arrest of Pedro Hernandez, 51, who police say confessed to killing Etan Patz 33 years ago. (Published Friday, May 25, 2012)

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