Etan was the first child to have his picture on the side of a milk carton and his body was never found, but FBI got a tip off April 19 — almost 33 years later!
Etan Patz was six years old when he went missing on May 25, 1979. He was last seen leaving his 133 Prince Street home in New York for school at 8 a.m., and although the case remains unsolved, the FBI just got new evidence to re-open it!
Police are currently searching a basement and tearing up the floor for any evidence about a block away from where he used to live for his remains or pieces of his clothing, ABC News reports.
“It’s a joint FBI- NYPD search for human remains clothing or personal effects,” Paul Browne, NYPD spokesman says after investigators entered the building using a search warrant.
No one was ever charged with the disappearance of Etan, but investigators are examining an old assumption that he was abducted by convicted pedophile Jose Ramos. He is currently in prison for an unrelated case.
There are other assumptions involving another suspect. The night before Etan went missing he was in the basement where a handyman befriended Etan, Federal sources tell ABC News.
A cadaver dog picked up a scent, law enforcement are claiming is the scent that resurfaced close to the time of his disappearance. If a dog is trained, sources say, it could pick up a scent decades later — even if it was kept for 24 hours or less then moved!
The search for Etan Patz has been one of the largest, longest lasting in recent history. May 25 has been declared National Missing Children’s Day in honor of Etan by President Ronald Reagan in 1983.
Our heart goes out to the Patz family!
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