1979: The First Ever Missing Child Appears On A Milk Carton

By | May 25, 2020

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Kidnapped six-year-old Etan Patz was the first missing child to appear on a milk carton. (allthatsinteresting.com)

May 25 is National Missing Children's Day, an occasion for various organizations like the Center for Missing and Exploited Children to raise awareness of the hundreds of children who have gone missing, in memory of the 1979 kidnapping of Etan Patz. After the six-year-old boy was abducted on the way to his New York City bus stop, his face loomed out from posters and news reports across the country, but in an stroke of brilliance, it also appeared somewhere new: milk cartons.

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Etan was the son of Stanley and Julie Patz. (history.com)

The Kidnapping Of Etan Patz

For most of his first-grade year, Etan Patz's parents, Julie and Stanley Patz, escorted the six-year-old to the school bus stop two blocks away from their Manhattan home. Etan was eager to exert his independence, however, and nagged his parents to let him walk to the bus stop alone. On May 25, 1979, they finally agreed ... and it was the last time they ever saw him. When he didn't come home after school that afternoon, his parents called the school only to find out that Etan had never made it there. In fact, he never made it to the bus stop.