|Etan Patz was reported missing more than 30 years ago. |
Law Enforcement officials confirm to the Voice
that investigators have dug up the concrete basement of a SoHo building in search of evidence in the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz.
Additionally, sources say the "target" of the investigation is a neighborhood handyman named Othneil Miller, 75, who would often pay Patz a few dollars to help him out around his shop.
Patz -- who was the first missing child to appear on the side of a milk
carton -- was last seen on May 25, 1979, as he was walking just two blocks
to a bus stop on his way to school. It was the first time he'd made the trip alone. He was never seen again -- and was
declared dead in 2001.
When Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance took office two years ago,
he re-opened the case and developed new leads that are currently being investigated by the NYPD and the Federal Bureau of Investigations. One of those leads came from Patz's mother, Julie, who told authorities they should speak with Miller.