Prosecutor says misspoke, man didn't claim to be Etan Patz

AP News
Posted: Mar 05, 2015 4:14 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A prosecutor trying a suspect for murder in the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz says she misspoke when she told a judge police interviewed a man who called claiming to be the boy.

Joan Illuzzi-Orbon said in court Thursday she was correcting the record to reflect the man named "Dillion" told police that a childhood classmate might have been Etan.

Dozens of people have called authorities claiming to be Etan over the years since the 6-year-old vanished on his way to school. At least one man was charged with harassment for claiming to be the boy. Prosecutors have received other calls during Pedro Hernandez's trial.

Hernandez confessed to choking Etan in 1979 in a convenience store basement then tossed the body. His defense says the confession is false.