Etan Patz, 6, disappeared over three decades ago. Last week the case appeared to have new leads with a basement search less than a block from Etan's home began. Today investigators are no closer to solving the mystery.
A handyman used the basement in question during the time that Etan disappeared as his workshop. Now 77, Othniel Miller was known to the little boy and his family. Miller had spent time with the child the night before he disappeared. Miller has never been a suspect in the case but a recent statement had investigators asking for a search warrant reports MSNBC.
"What if the body was moved?"
Police obtained a warrant to search the basement once more. That search used a cadaver-sniffing dog who picked up a scent in the rare of the basement.
Jackhammers and saws were in place this weekend as the search lead to the removal the floor of the 13 by 62 foot basement that police believe could be where Etan Patz was taken May 25, 1997. From their home just down the street Etan's family only had to step out onto their balcony to view the activity.
Pails of soil have been leaving the basement at 127B Prince Street in Manhattan since last Friday in hopes that somewhere in the debris is an answer to what happened so long ago to little Eton.
Those pails have contained strands of hair, paper and bits of other forensic evidence. Now four days later authorities are saying that nothing conclusive has been found in the dirt.
On Saturday a stain on drywall appeared to be a vital clue but that stain proofed not to contain blood.
On Sunday investigators told the family the search had not found any new evidence about their son's disappearance.
As of Monday the search is over reports ABC:
"The FBI has concluded the on-site portion of the search. The street and local businesses will be re-opened," spokesman J. Peter Donald said in a statement today.
The possible pieces of evidence will be examined at an FBI lab. That examination could take some time to be completed.