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This undated photo provided by the New York County District Attorney’s Office, shows an unidentified young boy crouching in a produce box, which prosecutors showed to the jury during Perdo Hernandez’s murder trial Friday, March 6, 2015. The photo was intended to show how Etan Patz's body would have fit into such a box. Hernandez is on trial for 1979 murder of Patz. (AP Photo/New York County District Attorney’s Office, Laura Badger)
Becky Hernandez, daughter of Pedro Hernandez, center, leaves during a break in proceedings of the Etan Patz murder trial where her father is accused, alongside her mother Rosemary Hernandez, right, and attorney Harvey Fishbein, Monday, March 9, 2015, in New York. Becky Hernandez, 25, testified Monday about her strict upbringing and the effect her father's arrest had on her. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Rosemary Hernandez (R) is accompanied by her daughter Becky as she return to a court in New York on January 30, 2015 during a trial of her husband Pedro Hernandez who is accused of kidnapping and killing six-year-old Etan Patz in one of America's most famous missing child cases. Hernandez, 53, is accused of luring Etan Patz into the basement of the grocery store where he worked, before killing and dumping his body out with the trash on May 25, 1979. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
A newspaper with a photograph of Etan Patz is part of a makeshift memorial in the SoHo neighborhood of New York, Monday, May 28, 2012. For prosecutors, the work is just beginning after the astonishing arrest last week of a man who police say confessed to strangling the 6-year-old New York City boy 33 years ago in one of the nation's most bewildering missing children's cases. Pedro Hernandez, 51, was charged with second-degree murder in the 1979 death of Etan Patz, based largely on a signed confession he gave to detectives. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Investigators have turned up three new boxes of evidence in the Etan Patz disappearance case, during a trial for the boy's murder.
This 1979 photo provided by the New York City Police Department shows a missing child poster for Etan Patz. New York City Police and the FBI began digging up a New York basement Thursday, April 19, 2012 for the remains of the 6-year-old boy whose 1979 disappearance on his way to school helped launch a missing children's movement that put kids' faces on milk cartons. (AP Photo/New York City Police Department)
A spokesman for the group NAMBLA said a photograph seized in a police raid is not that of Etan Patz, a young boy who disappeared from the streets of New York 3½ years, ago at a press conference in New York, Dec. 29, 1982. Spokesman David Thorstead, center, shows the 1968 “Boyhood Calendar” from which the photograph in question came. With him are spokesman David Ingalls, left, and the lawyer for the group, Michael J. Larey, at right. (AP Photo/G. Paul Burnett)
In this combination of two file photos, convicted child molester Jose Antonio Ramos, left, and Pedro Hernandez, right, who is accused of abducting and killing six-year-old Etan Patz in 1979 are shown. A Pennsylvania judge on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 ordered now-jailed Ramos to appear at Pedro Hernandez’ trial in 2014, The Citizens' Voice of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., reported. Ramos was long the prime suspect in Patz’s disappearance. (AP Photo)
FILE - In this May 18, 1985 file photo, Stanly Patz, left, holds a photo of his son Etan, as he poses for a photo with his other son Ari, at their home in New York. Etan Patz vanished on May 25, 1979. One of the most extensive missing-child searches was mounted to find him but two decades later, the boy was officially declared dead. No one has ever been arrested. Now, the Manhattan district attorney's office will take a fresh look at the evidence collected against the prime suspect, a convicted child molester serving 20 years in prison in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm, File)
Julie Patz, mother of Etan Patz, who has been missing for a couple of years since disappearing in New York, speaks on NBC-TV's "Today" show in New York City on March 26, 1981. Patz said the reason so many missing children are not found is that police departments in various cities do not talk to each other in conducting searches. (AP Photo/Dave Pickoff)
Julie and Stan Patz stand on the fire escape of their loft in the Soho area of New York City, March 1980. The Patz's son Etan, set off for school from home on May 25, 1979 and has not been seen since. Although police on the case have turned up nothing, the Patzes believe Etan is alive and will one day come home. (AP Photo)
A notice to the media from Stan Patz, the father of Etan Patz who disappeared 33 years ago at age six, is posted in front of the building where the Patz family lives, in New York, May 29, 2012. Suspect Pedro Hernandez, 51, told police he strangled the boy after luring him 'with the promise of a soda' to the basement of the grocery store where he worked, close to a school bus stop where the child was last seen in 1979. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/GettyImages)
A street shrine to six-year-old Etan Patz, who disappeared 33 years ago, is set in front of the building where suspect Pedro Hernandez confessed to have strangled the boy in New York on May 29, 2012. Hernandez, 51, told police he strangled the boy after luring him 'with the promise of a soda' to the basement of the grocery store where he worked, close to a school bus stop where the child was last seen in 1979. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/GettyImages)
A street shrine to six-year-old Etan Patz, who disappeared 33 years ago, is set in front of the building where suspect Pedro Hernandez confessed to have strangled the boy in New York on May 29, 2012. Hernandez, 51, told police he strangled the boy after luring him 'with the promise of a soda' to the basement of the grocery store where he worked, close to a school bus stop where the child was last seen in 1979. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/GettyImages)
A street shrine to six-year-old Etan Patz, who disappeared 33 years ago, is set in front of the building where suspect Pedro Hernandez confessed to have strangled the boy in New York on May 29, 2012. Hernandez, 51, told police he strangled the boy after luring him 'with the promise of a soda' to the basement of the grocery store where he worked, close to a school bus stop where the child was last seen in 1979. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/GettyImages)
People walk past a street shrine to six-year-old Etan Patz, who disappeared 33 years ago, set in front of the building where suspect Pedro Hernandez confessed to have strangled the boy in New York on May 29, 2012. Hernandez, 51, told police he strangled the boy after luring him 'with the promise of a soda' to the basement of the grocery store where he worked, close to a school bus stop where the child was last seen in 1979. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/GettyImages)
Two women walk past a street shrine to six-year-old Etan Patz, who disappeared 33 years ago, set in front of the building where suspect Pedro Hernandez confessed to have strangled the boy in New York on May 29, 2012. Hernandez, 51, told police he strangled the boy after luring him 'with the promise of a soda' to the basement of the grocery store where he worked, close to a school bus stop where the child was last seen in 1979. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/GettyImages)
A man takes a photo of a street shrine to six-year-old Etan Patz, who disappeared 33 years ago, set in front of the building where suspect Pedro Hernandez confessed to have strangled the boy in New York on May 29, 2012. Hernandez, 51, told police he strangled the boy after luring him 'with the promise of a soda' to the basement of the grocery store where he worked, close to a school bus stop where the child was last seen in 1979. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/GettyImages)
A young girl looks at a street shrine to six-year-old Etan Patz who disappeared 33 years ago, set in front of the building where suspect Pedro Hernandez confessed to have strangled the boy in New York on May 29, 2012. Pedro Hernandez, 51, told police he strangled the boy after luring him 'with the promise of a soda' to the basement of the grocery store where he worked, close to a school bus stop where the child was last seen in 1979. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/GettyImages)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 25: Daughter Becky Hernandez (2nd L) and wife Rosemary Hernandez (2nd R), of alleged Etan Patz murderer suspect Pedro Hernandez, walk away from a courthouse with a lawyer and a family friend before Pedro Hernandez's arraignment later in the day on May 25, 2012 in New York City. Patz was a 6-year-old boy when he disappeared on his way to his school bus stop in 1979. It is alleged that Pedro Hernandez used a soda to lure the boy down to a basement of a bodega, then strangled him. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 25: Daughter Becky Hernandez (2nd L) and wife Rosemary Hernandez (3rd L), of alleged Etan Patz murderer suspect Pedro Hernandez, walk away from a courthouse with a lawyer and a family friend before Pedro Hernandez's arraignment later in the day on May 25, 2012 in New York City. Patz was a 6-year-old boy when he disappeared on his way to his school bus stop in 1979. It is alleged that Pedro Hernandez used a soda to lure the boy down to a basement of a bodega, then strangled him. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 25: Wife Rosemary Hernandez (2nd L) and daughter Becky Hernandez (2nd R), of alleged Etan Patz murderer suspect Pedro Hernandez, walk away from a courthouse with a lawyer and a family friend before Pedro Hernandez's arraignment later in the day on May 25, 2012 in New York City. Patz was a 6-year-old boy when he disappeared on his way to his school bus stop in 1979. It is alleged that Pedro Hernandez used a soda to lure the boy down to a basement of a bodega, then strangled him. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 25: Daughter Becky Hernandez (2nd L) and wife Rosemary Hernandez (2nd R), of alleged Etan Patz murderer suspect Pedro Hernandez, walk away from a courthouse with a lawyer and a family friend before Pedro Hernandez's arraignment later in the day on May 25, 2012 in New York City. Patz was a 6-year-old boy when he disappeared on his way to his school bus stop in 1979. It is alleged that Pedro Hernandez used a soda to lure the boy down to a basement of a bodega, then strangled him. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24: New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly talks to members of the media after a news conference at Police Headquarters May 24, 2012 in in New York City. Kelly announced the arrest of Pedro Hernandez, who police say confessed to the 1979 killing of six-year-old Etan Patz. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24: New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly holds a news conference at Police Headquarters May 24, 2012 in in New York City. Kelly announced the arrest of Pedro Hernandez, who police say confessed to the 1979 killing of six-year-old Etan Patz. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
The search continues on a rainy Sunday at the site where New York police and FBI agents dig up a basement believed to contain clues to the unsolved disappearance 33 years ago of six-year-old Etan Patz in New York, April 21, 2012. Police shut off two blocks of Prince Street and erected a blue tarpaulin tent over the entrance to the basement where detectives hope finally to break the case of Etan Patz, who became America's most famous missing child when he vanished on his way to school in 1979. AFP PHOTO / Mehdi Taamallah (Photo credit should read MEHDI TAAMALLAH/AFP/Getty Images)
New York police and FBI agents talk at the site where they dig up a basement believed to contain clues to the unsolved disappearance 33 years ago of six-year-old Etan Patz, in New York, April 21, 2012. Police shut off two blocks of Prince Street and erected a blue tarpaulin tent over the entrance to the basement where detectives hope finally to break the case of Etan Patz, who became America's most famous missing child when he vanished on his way to school in 1979. AFP PHOTO / Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
A New York policeman covered in dust, takes a break as New York police and FBI agents dig up a basement believed to contain clues to the unsolved disappearance 33 years ago of six-year-old Etan Patz, in New York, April 21, 2012. Police shut off two blocks of Prince Street and erected a blue tarpaulin tent over the entrance to the basement where detectives hope finally to break the case of Etan Patz, who became America's most famous missing child when he vanished on his way to school in 1979. AFP PHOTO / Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: New York City police and F.B.I. investigators remove debris from a crime scene in Soho where investigators searched for evidence of a six year-old boy who has been missing for 33 years on April 20, 2012 in New York City. Investigators from the NYPD and the FBI searched the basement of a building in New York's SoHo neighborhood for evidence of Etan Patz, a six year-old boy who disappeared 33 years ago on May 25, 1979. The neighborhood, once a crime ridden industrial area where bohemian artists lived, has transformed over the years into one of Manhattans most exclusive neighborhoods with luxury retail stores and expensive restaurants. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: New York City police and F.B.I. investigators remove debris from a crime scene in Soho where investigators searched for evidence of a six year-old boy who has been missing for 33 years on April 20, 2012 in New York City. Investigators from the NYPD and the FBI searched the basement of a building in New York's SoHo neighborhood for evidence of Etan Patz, a six year-old boy who disappeared 33 years ago on May 25, 1979. The neighborhood, once a crime ridden industrial area where bohemian artists lived, has transformed over the years into one of Manhattans most exclusive neighborhoods with luxury retail stores and expensive restaurants. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Julie Patz, mother of Etan Patz, leaves a courtroom in New York, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. The videotaped confession of Pedro Hernandez, who admitted killing 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979, is expected to be played in court as a Manhattan judge determines whether it is fair game for the suspect's murder trial. The hearing that begins Monday is expected to last several weeks to determine whether Pedro Hernandez's statements are admissible in the case. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Stan Patz, father of Etan Patz, leaves a courtroom in New York, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. The videotaped confession of Pedro Hernandez, who admitted killing 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979, is expected to be played in court as a Manhattan judge determines whether it is fair game for the suspect's murder trial. The hearing that begins Monday is expected to last several weeks to determine whether Pedro Hernandez's statements are admissible in the case. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Stan Patz, father of Etan Patz, center, returns to the courtroom after a break in New York, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. The videotaped confession of Pedro Hernandez, who admitted killing 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979, is expected to be played in court as a Manhattan judge determines whether it is fair game for the suspect's murder trial. The hearing that begins Monday is expected to last several weeks to determine whether Pedro Hernandez's statements are admissible in the case. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A satellite television truck parks outside a residential storefront building at the corner of Prince Street and Broadway, after an earlier police search of the building in the ongoing Etan Patz investigation on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 in the Soho section of New York. Police investigating the 1979 disappearance of the 6-year-old Patz said Pedro Hernandez of Maple Shade, N.J., told them he lured the boy into the location when it was a shop, with the promise of a soda. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
David Lutzker places a Snoopy figurine at a makeshift memorial next to a building where Etan Patz was reportedly killed 33 years ago in the SoHo neighborhood of New York, Monday, May 28, 2012. For prosecutors, the work is just beginning after the astonishing arrest last week of a man who police say confessed to strangling a 6-year-old New York City boy three decades earlier in one of the nation's most bewildering missing children's cases. Pedro Hernandez, 51, was charged with second-degree murder in the 1979 death of Etan Patz, based largely on a signed confession he gave to detectives. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
In this Sunday, May 27, 2012, photo, a woman holding a toddler walks by the site of a makeshift memorial to Etan Patz, the 6 year-old New York City boy who disappeared in 1979, in New York. The mother of Etan Patz, Julie Patz, spoke Tuesday, May 29, 2012, outside her Manhattan apartment building, a week after a man confessed to killing son 33 years ago. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
A photograph of Etan Patz hangs on an angel figurine, which is part of a makeshift memorial in the SoHo neighborhood of New York, Monday, May 28, 2012. For prosecutors, the work is just beginning after the astonishing arrest last week of a man who police say confessed to strangling the 6-year-old New York City boy 33 years ago in one of the nation's most bewildering missing children's cases. Pedro Hernandez, 51, was charged with second-degree murder in the 1979 death of Etan Patz, based largely on a signed confession he gave to detectives. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Chuck Diehm talks about his neighbor, Pedro Hernandez, Friday, May 25, 2012, in Maple Shade, N.J. Hernandez, who lives next door, upstairs with his wife and teenage daughter, was picked up late Wednesday in Camden, N.J., in connection with the disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979. Police said Thursday that Hernandez has implicated himself in the boy's death. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Stan Patz, father of missing child Etan Patz, arrives at his home in SoHo, Friday, May 25, 2012, in New York. New life has been breathed into the case after Pedro Hernandez implicated himself in the death of 6-year-old Etan Patz, whose disappearance 33 years ago on his way to school helped launch a missing children's movement that put kids' faces on milk cartons. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Supporters of the Patz family leave flowers on their doorstep in SoHo, Friday, May 25, 2012, in New York. New life has been breathed into the missing child case of Etan Patz after Pedro Hernandez implicated himself in the 6-year-old's death, whose disappearance 33 years ago on his way to school helped launch a missing children's movement that put kids' faces on milk cartons. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
CORRECTS LOCATION-Dan Wollick looks at a newspaper in front of his house with a cover story about his upstairs neighbor, Pedro Hernandez, Friday, May 25, 2012, in Maple Shade, N.J. Hernandez, who Wollick says lives upstairs with his wife and teenage daughter, was picked up late Wednesday in Camden, N.J., in connection with the disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979. Police said Thursday that Hernandez has implicated himself in the boy's death. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Supporters of the Patz family leave flowers on their doorstep in SoHo, Saturday, May 26, 2012, in New York. New life has been breathed into the case after Pedro Hernandez implicated himself in the death of 6-year-old Etan Patz, whose disappearance 33 years ago on his way to school helped launch a missing children's movement that put kids' faces on milk cartons. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Investigators leave a residence in Maple Shade, N.J., Thursday, May 24, 2012. A woman who answered the door said that it is the home of Pedro Hernandez, who is in custody in the disappearance of Etan Patz in 1979. Hernandez has implicated himself in the death of Patz, police said Thursday. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Tourists take photos of the scene near a building on the corner of Wooster Street and Prince Street in New York on Saturday, April 21, 2012 during a renewed investigation into the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz. Patz vanished after leaving his family’s home for a short walk to his school bus stop. NYPD spokesperson Paul Browne says the building being searched for his remains is about a block from where the family lived. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Three boxes of evidence from the investigation into the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz have turned up while a suspect is on trial for the killing, and his attorney said Monday that she may have to seek a mistrial or at least recall witnesses who have already testified.

Alice Fontier, one of the attorneys representing Pedro Hernandez, said there were more than 1,400 pages of relevant information in one box alone.

"Given this massive disclosure at this point, in the middle of the trial, there may be issues," she said. "We may need to recall some of their witnesses, we may need to move for a mistrial."

The boxes were found recently at a Harlem police station that covers public housing complexes in the area, prosecutors said late last week. The location is miles from the precinct near where Etan disappeared on May 25, 1979, as he walked to school. Etan's body has never been found.

The boxes contain police records from the investigation, notes from assistant district attorneys who worked on the case and handwritten memos from a detective who investigated Jose Ramos, a longtime suspect in the case who was never charged. Some of the information involves two informants who were working with prosecutors to try to link Ramos to Etan's death. Other boxes contain missing-person posters, records of people arrested and catalogs of files made by the original detective on the case.

"There appears to be hundreds of pages of handwritten notes," Fontier said.

Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzi-Orbon said last week that prosecutors were working to turn over the information to the defense attorneys. They are still working on copying one box, she said Monday.

The discussion came as jurors watched a second videotaped confession and a third video, a shaky cellphone camera taken by police that shows Hernandez leading them from the former location of the bodega to where he said he dumped the body

In the other video, Hernandez admits to New York Police Department detectives that he choked the boy and put him in a bag, but he says the boy was still alive at the time. Hernandez is emotional with police, sobbing while he speaks. Jurors have already seen Hernandez on tape recount the story to prosecutors.

Hernandez, most recently a resident of Maple Shade, New Jersey, confessed in 2012 to choking Etan in the basement of the SoHo convenience store where he worked as a stock clerk. He told police he put the boy's body in a bag, stuck the bag in a box and walked it down the street where he dumped it with some curbside trash. His defense says the admissions were the fictional ravings of a mentally ill man with a low IQ who didn't understand his right to silence.

Hernandez's defense plans to call some people involved with the investigation into Ramos, a convicted child molester who remains jailed on a Megan's Law violation.

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