Etan Patz: A Brief History of the ‘Missing Child’ Milk Carton Campaign

To solve this case would be the greatest way to symbolize the success of the NCMEC. I can imagine the tension from all the emotions being brought back up, the sadness and emptiness of this lingering case. Also, the hope of the never dying justice that is long overdue. Going back to the case that helped start it all. With a 92% success rate the NCEMC has used social means and create a larger awareness, such as with using the Amber alert. My heart goes out to all of the families who have had the experience of losing a child.


After 33 years, New York police have once again renewed their investigation into the disappearance of Etan Patz, the 6-year-old boy who went missing after leaving his family’s SoHo apartment to catch a bus to school. On Thursday, investigators began excavating a New York basement after an FBI dog detected human remains, the AP reports. Patz’s disappearance on May 25, 1979 shook the U.S., drawing national attention to the plight of missing children and acting as a catalyst for better legislative, financial and social efforts to recover them.

(MORE: Etan Patz: FBI Searches New York Basement for Sign of First Missing ‘Milk Carton’ Boy)

A series of tragic kidnappings, including Patz’s and 29 missing and murdered children in Atlanta, Georgia, prompted Ronald Reagan to create the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and proclaim May 25 ‘National Missing Children’s Day,’ in 1983. Patz’s father, a…

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