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Etan Patz Update: Jose Ramos, longtime suspect in disappearance case released, then rearrested

Inmate Jose A. Ramos is shown in this May 28, 2010 file photo provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Ramos, the man who was long the prime suspect in a landmark case of missing New York City boy Etan Patz is about to be released from a Pennsylvania prison where he spent more than 20 years for molesting other children. Ramos, a convicted pedophile whom authorities have called the prime suspect in the case, is set to be released Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 from the State Correctional Institution at Dallas, in northeastern Pennsylvania, prison spokesman Michael Goyne said. (AP Photo/Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, File) Uncredited

Inmate Jose A. Ramos, May 28, 2010
AP Photo, file /Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

(AP) PHILADELPHIA -- Authorities say a man long considered the prime suspect in the disappearance of New York City boy Etan Patz more than three decades ago was released from prison, but then immediately taken into custody again on a Megan's Law violation.

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Pennsylvania State Police say 69-year-old convicted pedophile Jose Ramos was released from a state prison early Wednesday, then immediately arrested for failing to provide authorities accurate information as required of sex offenders.

Ramos had long been a suspect in the disappearance 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Patz, who vanished after leaving his Manhattan home for a bus stop two blocks away.

A new suspect was charged this year with Etan's murder after confessing. The man's lawyer says his client is mentally ill.

Police did not immediately specify what information Ramos failed to provide.

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