In this May 28, 2010 file photo provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, inmate Jose A. Ramos is shown. Ramos, a convicted child molester who was found civilly liable in the death of Etan Patz, is due to be released from prison in Pennsylvania in early November. Now that Pedro Hernandez has confessed to the killing in 1979, will Ramos actually go free? (AP Photo/Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, File)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The man who was long the prime suspect in a landmark case of a missing New York City boy is about to be released from a Pennsylvania prison where he spent 20 years for molesting other children.
Six-year-old Etan Patz (AY’-tahn payts) disappeared on his way to school on May 25, 1979. He was never found.
Jose Ramos, was declared responsible for Etan’s death in a civil court in 2004, but the Manhattan district attorney’s office has said there wasn’t enough evidence to charge him criminally. He has denied any involvement in Etan’s disappearance.
Ramos has been incarcerated at a prison at Dallas in northeastern Pennsylvania on unrelated child molestation convictions. Prison spokesman Michael Goyne said Tuesday that Ramos is set to be freed Wednesday.