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.
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