The parents of Etan Patz would just like the media to leave them alone.
Clearly, Pedro Hernandez's confession last week to the death and disappearance of their six-year-old child has taken an emotional toll on Stan and Julie Patz.
A notice posted Monday outside their family's SoHo home asked that reporters simply stop bothering them:
Overwhelmed and exhausted, Julie Patz told reporters, "I wish this could end. This is taking my freedom away. I just wish this could be over.”
The 1979 disappearance of Etan, who vanished while walking to a Manhattan bus stop, catapulted back onto headlines in April. The NYPD reopened the investigation following a lead picked up by cadaver-sniffing dog who located a suspicious scent coming from a basement down the street of Patz's home.
Then in May, 51-year old Pedro Hernandez implicated himself by confessing to strangling Patz, stuffing his dead body in a plastic bag, and disposing of his remains in the trash.
The NYPD has since been focused on locating Patz's body and have requested trash hauling records dating back to 1979.Thirty-three years to the day of the boy's disappearance, Hernandez was charged with second degree murder.