By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 7:44 AM EDT, Thu May 24, 2012
New York (CNN)
-- A man now in custody has implicated himself in the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz, Commissioner Ray Kelly of the New York Police Department said Thursday.
The man "has made statements to NYPD detectives" regarding Etan's disappearance and death 33 years ago, Kelly said in a statement. Authorities will divulge more details Thursday, he said.
Etan's disappearance received national attention and, along with other high-profile cases, helped trigger a national movement that focuses on missing children.
Etan went missing on May 25, 1979, a block from his home in the New York neighborhood of SoHo. It was the first time he had walked to his school bus stop by himself.