Suspect In Patz Disappearance Questioned In Civil Case
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An imprisoned child molester made a sworn statement Tuesday that he had nothing to do with the disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz 24 years ago.
Jose Ramos, who has been the prime suspect all along but has never been charged, was deposed as part of a civil case filed by Patz’s parents. Ramos originally refused to testify in the wrongful death lawsuit, but a judge said he would be declared responsible for the boy’s death if he didn’t cooperate.
A lawyer for the family interviewed Ramos for two hours in the Pennsylvania prison where he is serving a 20-year sentence on unrelated pedophile charges. The lawyer, Brian O’Dwyer, said Ramos answered most, but not all of his questions.
O’Dwyer said he will question more people about the case, including Susan Harrington, who babysat for Etan and was dating Ramos at the time of the boy’s disappearance.
The Patz family wants the Manhattan district atroney’s office to revisit the case and consider charging Ramos with murder.
Etan vanished on the way to his school bus stop in SoHo in 1979. His case prompted a nationwide effort to recover missing children, including the practice of printing faces on milk cartons.