On May 25th, 1979, 6-year-old Etan Patz disappeared. The boy was supposed to have walked one block from his home in New York’s SoHo neighborhood to the bus stop; within that block the child vanished.
Ten days ago police brought a cadaver dog into the SoHo basement and the dog apparently got a hit on a human scent.
According to local authorities new and old evidence has led them to a carpenter and part-time handyman who resided in the neighborhood at the time. The man in question had met the boy the day prior to his disappearance and had given him a dollar. The 75-year-old carpenter was picked up on Thursday, in his Manhattan apartment, for questioning and was later returned to his home. According to a police source, when questioned the man said, “What if the body was moved?”
According to records the basement floor was “newly poured” at the time Etan disappeared, it was not dug up during the original investigation.
On Thursday authorities set up a grid in the basement with plans to rip up the concrete floor, they also took out part of the basement back wall.
“We’re looking for human remains, clothing or other personal effects of Etan Patz,” New York police Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said, “It’s a very painstaking process.”
Police and federal agents gather outside the apartment as they continue the investigation which is expected to take five days.
“We are cautiously optimistic” that the search will be helpful,” FBI Special Agent Tim Flannelly said.
Forensic evidence uncovered at the scene will be analyzed at the FBI laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, sources said.
In 1976, on the day of his disappearance, Julie Patz became concerned when her son didn’t return home from school. She then found out that he had not been in classes all day. She made several calls to his friends and when she couldn’t find him she called police and filed a missing person report.
More than 100 police and searchers gathered that day to begin a search which went on for weeks with no clues to Etan’s whereabouts.
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