Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Notes From All Over

THESSALONIKI, Greece - Officials say a horde of frogs has forced the closure of a key northern highway for two hours. Traffic police chief Giorgos Thanoglou says "millions" of the amphibians covered the tarmac Wednesday. "There was a carpet of frogs," he said. Three car drivers skidded off the road trying to dodge the frogs.

NEW YORK -- His was the first face of a missing child to appear on the back of a milk carton. Now, 31 years since Etan Patz vanished from a New York street, authorities are reopening his case. Etan was 6. "It was the first day that he was to walk two blocks from his apartment to the school bus stop," said Lisa Cohen.

His mother could see the bus stop at the end of the street and she saw parents there, waiting with kids for the bus, and so she let him go."

Jose Antonio Ramos, a convicted child molester, has been identified as a suspect in the disappearance, but has never been charged in connection with the case. According to Cohen, Ramos initially told investigators that he was "90 percent sure" that a boy he had taken home that day was Etan. Ramos has since denied making that statement.

From families and detectives to people in the missing children movement, this case changed everything, Cohen said. "Before Etan, parents did not have an image in their mind that something could happen to their children," she said. "And after Etan, they did." Etan's father, Stan Patz said, “Maybe we'll finally get our day in court.”


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