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Etan Patz: search continues for first missing child to go on milk carton

Billy Gardner

Etan Patz: police hope to bring closure under the concrete

Police to dig up concrete floor of apartment

Federal agents and New York City police officers have been led to a New York City basement, searching for clues about a decades-old investigation into the disappearance of Etan Patz.

Etan Patz disappeared without a trace in 1979. He was 6-year-old and his parents let him take the short walk to the bus stop alone for the first time. That would be the last time they ever saw their son.

Etan Patz stirred the media throughout the country with his disappearance. He was the first missing child to be placed on a milk carton and has changed the way in which authorities and citizens deal with child abduction cases.

The apartment building is a block and a half from Etan’s bus stop and was on his route there. Investigators plan to search the building for clues and bodily remains and will excavate the concrete floor and sift through it.

Reports have stated that a handyman worked at the apartment building and often gave Etan Patz a $1 to help him do some work. Around the same time of Patz’s disappearance, the handyman put down a concrete floor in the basement of the apartment building. This will be the first time that concrete has been broken.

No one has been prosecuted for the disappearance of Etan Patz but in more recent years, Etan’s father Stanley Patz sued Jose Ramos who had been dating Etan’s babysitter at the time. Ramos is an admitted child molester but denied killing of Etan Patz. He is currently in jail for abusing an 8-year-old child and is set to be released this year. Authorities are hoping to find more evidence into Etan Patz’s disappearance before that date comes.

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