Etan Patz – The start of a new movement
On the 25th May 1979 Etan Patz disappeared from the Soho district of lower Manhattan New York. He was aged 6 at the time.His disappearance helped spark the missing children’s movement, including new legislation and various methods for tracking down missing children, such as the milk-carton campaigns of the mid-1980s. Etan was the first ever missing child to be pictured on the side of a milk carton.
Having been declared dead in 2001 the story continues to this day with a court case in May 2015 that resulted in a mistrial.
The day of Etan Patz’s disappearance in 1979, May 25, was designated National Missing Children’s Day in the US since its declaration by US president Ronald Reagan in 1983.
Every year on May 25, members of the Global Missing Children’s Network (GMCN), a network launched in 1998 as a joint venture of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) and the US’s National Center for Missing & Exploited Children(NCMEC) of 22 countries that connect, share best practices, and disseminate information and images of missing children to improve the effectiveness of missing children investigations, pay respects to International Missing Children’s Day, honouring missing and abducted children while celebrating those who have been recovered
Etan’s story can be found in the Wikipedia page The Story of Etan Patz.