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Man convicted of killing Etan Patz, the first missing child on a milk carton

Man convicted of killing Etan Patz, boy missing since 1979

Pedro Hernandez

Associated Press

A former store clerk was convicted Tuesday in one of the nation’s most haunting missing-child cases, nearly 38 years after 6-year-old Etan Patz disappeared while heading to his school bus stop.

Etan became one of the first missing children ever pictured on milk cartons, and the anniversary of his disappearance has been designated National Missing Children’s Day. His parents lent their voices to a campaign to make missing children a national cause, and it fueled laws that established a national hotline and made it easier for law enforcement agencies to share information about vanished youngsters.

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