The End

“Federal agents and police detectives on Monday ended their lengthy search of a SoHo basement for evidence in the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz, with the New York Police Department’s chief spokesman saying “no obvious human remains” had been recovered.

“The building is along the route that Etan, 6, took on the day he disappeared. At the time, the basement housed the workshop of Othniel Miller, who has recently come under scrutiny in the case. A team of evidence recovery specialists from the F.B.I. and crime scene investigators with the Police Department began on Thursday to search along the walls of the basement and under its concrete floor, which was poured shortly after Etan’s disappearance.”

“The investigators have sent parts of a cinder block with what appeared to be a bloodstain to the F.B.I.’s laboratory in Quantico, Va., for further testing, but initial field tests on the cinder block came back negative for blood, said a law enforcement official who had been briefed on the investigation. It was unclear if that was the only material sent to the bureau’s lab.”

Now that the block is open to traffic (foot and car) again, of course you can see right down the stairs to the black door of 127B, and boy, is it creepy.

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