FBI and NYPD search a building in Soho, NYC looking for the remains of Etan Patz close to the place he disappeared from 33 years ago on his way to school
The joint FBI/NYPD team, which began searching around 8:30 a.m., was reinvestigating the cold case that has captivated the nation for the last 33 years, said NYPD spokesman Paul Browne.
“Information that was known at the time is being re-examined,” Browne said. “It does involve a suspect. They’re looking to see if they find any remains.”
The building was along the path where the blond-haired boy disappeared on May 25, 1979, while walking the two blocks from his nearby home to catch a bus to school.
Miller was interviewed by police but never named as a suspect, with the NYPD opting not to dig up his basement after the Patzes said he was a family friend, one source said.
Investigators are reexamining a key issue: whether Miller performed a sudden renovation of his basement shop shortly after Patz disappeared.
The search warrant from the Manhattan district attorney’s office indicated the investigators were looking for remains, clothing or personal effects from the child.
If the dig finds anything, it would mean the child’s remains never left his neighborhood as a national manhunt proceeded in vain.
“We hope we will be able to bring closure to the investigation and family,” said FBI spokesman Tim Flannelly.
“We are committed to this case, and despite the fact that a disappearance occurred in 1979, we are here today doing the best we can.”
A woman who answered the bell at the Patz family home said they were not speaking to the press.
Browne, while declining to provide details, said the family was notified about the latest twist.