There was an article in todays Daily News . 30 years ago this month Etan left his home to get the bus. It was his first solo trip to school. He hasn't been seen since. Now these days we would NEVER allow a 6 year old go to the bus, let alone the park by himself. How the times have changed. Heres a few articles to get you familiar for those who don't know about the case.(we do have some young'uns here on D'D :)
Future Flight Captain
The morning of May 25, 1979, was hectic at the New York City home of Stanley and Julie Patz. They lived in a converted loft in Manhattan's Soho district, pioneers in a section of the city that would later become the place-to-be for New York trendsetters. Soho had been Manhattan's manufacturing zone, characterized by block after block of 19th century, iron-fronted factories standing shoulder to shoulder. On overcast days it was easy to imagine the gloomy sweatshop conditions of old New York, but in the 1970s, a fair number of these buildings were dark and empty, and the streets were desolate and forbidding at night. Still, people were making their homes in the neighborhood, breathing new life into it. Artists were first drawn to the area, attracted to the large, open spaces and cheap rents. Stanley Patz, a photographer, and his wife Julie lived in a loft on Prince Street with their three children: Shira, then age 8; Etan, 6; and Ari, 2.
and the Daily News article from today: