Etan Patz's mom: I wish this could all be over

May 31, 2012 - 12:05 PM
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This undated booking photo provided by the New York Times shows Pedro Hernandez. Hernandez, who has confessed to killing Etan Patz in 1979, remains in a psychiatric hospital as court-appointed doctors assess his mental state. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the New York Times) NYC OUT; MAGS OUT; NO ARCHIVE; MAGS OUT; ONE TIME USE ONLY, MANDATORY CREDIT: NEW YORK TIMES

NEW YORK (AP) — The mother of Etan Patz (AY'-tahn payts) says she wishes it could all be over.

Julie Patz spoke Tuesday outside her New York City apartment building, a week after a man confessed to killing her 6-year-old son 33 years ago.

According to the Daily News (http://apne.ws/M6OZst ), Patz said: "This is taking my freedom away. I just wish this could be over." She made the remarks after running into reporters and photographers.

Asked if she believed police got the right suspect, Patz said: "No comment. It's an ongoing investigation."

Etan's body hasn't been recovered.

Authorities are continuing to flesh out the case after Pedro Hernandez made the startling admission. He worked at a neighborhood convenience store when Etan vanished on his way to school May 25, 1979.

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Information from: Daily News, http://www.nydailynews.com