Re-trial scheduled this week in the case of a missing NYC boy

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2012, file photo, Pedro Hernandez appears in Manhattan criminal court in New York. After a jury deadlocked last year Hernandez, accused of killing six-year-old Etan Patz in 1979, is going on trial for a second time, 37 years after Etan vanished while heading to his school bus stop. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, Pool, File)

NEW YORK (AP) – The haunting missing-child case of Etan Patz is about to get its second turn before a jury, 37 years after the first-grader vanished in New York City.

Opening statements are expected this week in the murder retrial of suspect Pedro Hernandez. A jury deadlocked last year.

Six-year-old Etan disappeared while heading to his school bus stop in May 1979. He was one of the first missing children ever featured on a milk carton.

Hernandez worked at a corner store in Etan’s neighborhood but wasn’t a suspect until police got a tip in 2012. He confessed, but his lawyers say his admissions were false and he’s mentally ill.

Etan’s father has said the first trial succeeded in providing long-sought answers for the family, if not in resolving the case.

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