The NYPD Unearths the Etan Patz Missing-Child Case 33 Years Later

Michael Daly


Published: Friday, April 20 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Thirty-three years after Etan Patz disappeared, a joint NYPD-FBI team has begun to search the New York City basement workshop of a handyman who allegedly had given the boy a dollar the day before he vanished. Team members say they began the search at the urging of the missing boys mother and after a cadaver dog indicated the possible presence of human remains.

At the time of his disappearance, Etan's mother told police that her 6-year-old son had been holding the dollar in his hand as he set off for school that morning. She had suggested he put it in his pocket, but he told her that he planned to stop and buy a soda before boarding his school bus at a stop two blocks from their SoHo home.

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