Homicide

Jury in 1979 missing boy Etan Patz case says it's deadlocked again; judge deciding response

  • FILE - This May 28, 2012, file photo shows a newspaper with a photograph of Etan Patz at a makeshift memorial in the SoHo neighborhood of New York where Patz lived before his disappearance on May 25, 1979. The murder trial of Pedro Hernandez, the man accused in the child’s disappearance,  ended Friday, May 8, 2015 with the jury hopelessly deadlocked after 18 days of deliberations, leaving unresolved a case that has haunted New York City for 36 years. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    FILE - This May 28, 2012, file photo shows a newspaper with a photograph of Etan Patz at a makeshift memorial in the SoHo neighborhood of New York where Patz lived before his disappearance on May 25, 1979. The murder trial of Pedro Hernandez, the man accused in the child’s disappearance, ended Friday, May 8, 2015 with the jury hopelessly deadlocked after 18 days of deliberations, leaving unresolved a case that has haunted New York City for 36 years. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Becky Hernandez, left, daughter of Pedro Hernandez, and her mother Rosemary Hernandez, right, leave court during a break during jury deliberations in the trial of Pedro Hernandez at Manhattan Supreme Court in New York on Friday, May 8, 2015. After 18 days of deliberation, the trial of a man accused in the 1979 disappearance of first-grader Etan Patz ended Friday in a jury deadlock, leaving one of the nation's most wrenching missing-children cases still unresolved after nearly two generations. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    Becky Hernandez, left, daughter of Pedro Hernandez, and her mother Rosemary Hernandez, right, leave court during a break during jury deliberations in the trial of Pedro Hernandez at Manhattan Supreme Court in New York on Friday, May 8, 2015. After 18 days of deliberation, the trial of a man accused in the 1979 disappearance of first-grader Etan Patz ended Friday in a jury deadlock, leaving one of the nation's most wrenching missing-children cases still unresolved after nearly two generations. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rosemary Hernandez, left, wife of the Pedro Hernandez, and her daughter Becky Hernandez, leave court after a mistrial was declared in Perdro Hernandez’s murder trial, Friday, May 8, 2015 in New York. Pedro Hernandez  is accused of kidnapping and killing 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)

    Rosemary Hernandez, left, wife of the Pedro Hernandez, and her daughter Becky Hernandez, leave court after a mistrial was declared in Perdro Hernandez’s murder trial, Friday, May 8, 2015 in New York. Pedro Hernandez is accused of kidnapping and killing 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)  (The Associated Press)

The jury deliberating in the murder trial of a man accused of kidnapping and killing 6-year-old Etan Patz (AY'-tahn payts) in 1979 says it is deadlocked — for a third time.

Jurors have been deliberating the case against Pedro Hernandez since April 15. They had announced they were deadlocked twice before, on April 29 and Tuesday.

The judge on Friday has yet to decide how to respond.

Jurors also said April 29 that they were deadlocked. The judge told them then to keep deliberating.

Etan was among the first missing children pictured on milk cartons. The anniversary of his disappearance is National Missing Children's Day.

Hernandez made a confession in 2012. His lawyers say it's false, and they've pointed to another suspect who wasn't charged.