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Closing arguments continue in 1979 missing boy case

  • FILE- In this May 28, 2012, file photo, a photograph of Etan Patz hangs on an angel figurine, which is part of a makeshift memorial in the SoHo neighborhood of New York. Prosecutors once again must sum up their case against a man accused of killing Patz in New York City 37 years ago. Closing arguments in the case against Pedro Hernandez began Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, in Manhattan and were set to continue Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    FILE- In this May 28, 2012, file photo, a photograph of Etan Patz hangs on an angel figurine, which is part of a makeshift memorial in the SoHo neighborhood of New York. Prosecutors once again must sum up their case against a man accused of killing Patz in New York City 37 years ago. Closing arguments in the case against Pedro Hernandez began Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, in Manhattan and were set to continue Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this Nov. 15, 2012, file photo, Pedro Hernandez appears in Manhattan criminal court in New York. Prosecutors once again must sum up their case against a man accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz in New York City 37 years ago. Closing arguments in the case against Hernandez began Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, in Manhattan and were set to continue Tuesday. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, Pool, File)

    FILE- In this Nov. 15, 2012, file photo, Pedro Hernandez appears in Manhattan criminal court in New York. Prosecutors once again must sum up their case against a man accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz in New York City 37 years ago. Closing arguments in the case against Hernandez began Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, in Manhattan and were set to continue Tuesday. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, Pool, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this Nov. 15, 2012, file photo, Pedro Hernandez appears in Manhattan criminal court in New York. The re-trial for the man accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979 is ending. Prosecutors will sum up their case Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 after defense attorneys for Hernandez argued his confession was made up. Hernandez admitted to choking the boy in the basement of a convenience store. His first murder trial ended in a hung jury. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, Pool, File)

    FILE- In this Nov. 15, 2012, file photo, Pedro Hernandez appears in Manhattan criminal court in New York. The re-trial for the man accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979 is ending. Prosecutors will sum up their case Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 after defense attorneys for Hernandez argued his confession was made up. Hernandez admitted to choking the boy in the basement of a convenience store. His first murder trial ended in a hung jury. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, Pool, File)  (The Associated Press)

Prosecutors once again must sum up their case against a man accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz (AY'-tahn payts) in New York City 37 years ago.

Closing arguments in the case against Pedro Hernandez began Monday in Manhattan and were set to continue Tuesday. An earlier trial for the Maple Shade, New Jersey, man ended in a hung jury.

Etan vanished while walking to school on May 25, 1979. His face was one of the first on milk cartons. His body has never been found.

A relative of Hernandez called police after the case made news in 2012 when federal agents dug up a basement looking for evidence.

Police arrested him and he confessed to choking the boy. His attorney, Harvey Fishbein, says Hernandez is mentally ill and falsely confessed.