History

25 May marks the anniversary of when six-year-old Etan Patz disappeared from a New York street corner on his way to school on 25 May 1979. Etan's story received national coverage as his father, a photographer, circulated black and white pictures of his missing son to media outlets.

Etan's father's efforts to inform the public led to a nationwide recognition of the need for new initiatives and a commitment to reunite missing children with their families. More than thirty years have passed and the search for Etan continues.

25 May is now being commemorated across the world by many different cultures and organisations in the hope children will find their way home.