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Summations Begin in Manhattan in Etan Patz Murder Retrial

The 6-year-old boy's face was one of the first on milk cartons; his body has never been found.

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    Etan Patz's face was one of the first on milk cartons. His body has never been found.

    What to Know

    • Etan Patz disappeared May 25, 1979, the first day he was allowed to walk the two blocks to his bus stop alone

    • Jurors previously deadlocked in the murder trial of Pedro Hernandez, a teenage stock clerk in Patz's neighborhood, prompting a mistrial

    • Detectives say Hernandez confessed to killing the boy; the defense argues a different man was the more likely killer

    The retrial for a man accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz in New York City 37 years ago is winding down. 

    Summations in the case against Pedro Hernandez started Monday in Manhattan. 

    Patz vanished while walking to school on May 25, 1979. His face was one of the first on milk cartons. His body has never been found. 

    A relative of Hernandez called police after the case made news in 2012 when federal agents dug up a basement looking for evidence. 

    Police arrested him and he confessed to choking the boy. His attorney, Harvey Fishbein, says Hernandez is mentally ill and falsely confessed. 

    The earlier trial for the Maple Shade, New Jersey, man ended in a hung jury. 

    On Monday, members of the first jury sat in the courtroom with Patz's father.

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