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AP source: Man says he suffocated Etan Patz in '79
AP source: Man says he suffocated Etan Patz, 6-year-old boy who vanished in NYC in 1979
By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' A law enforcement official says a man says he suffocated 6-year-old Etan Patz (AY'-tahn payts) in 1979 and left the boy's body in a box in a Manhattan alley.

A second official says Pedro Hernandez was picked up late Wednesday in Camden, N.J., and is now being questioned by the Manhattan District Attorney's office, which is heading the probe by the FBI and police.

No body has been recovered. Hernandez worked at a neighborhood grocery when the boy disappeared, and later moved to New Jersey.

The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the ongoing probe into the boy's disappearance in 1979.

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