Etan Patz Search In New York Basement Ends

04/23/2012 06:00 PM ET

A dig in a basement turned up little in the search for 6-year-old Etan Patz, leaving New York police investigators and the FBI empty-handed in the three-decade probe for clues in the boy’s disappearance.

Only a hair and one or two non-human bones — possibly from food — were found in the search. Although it hasn’t been determined who the hair belonged to, it was likely not Etan’s because his blonde hair color does not match the strand that was found. However, authorities are examining a stain to determine if it is from blood.

Authorities focused in a building in New York’s SoHo district, now occupied by clothing stores, in their search last week. The building was believed to have been along the path where Etan would have walked from his home to catch a school bus, but instead disappeared without a trace on May 25, 1979.

Etan became a national symbol of abducted children after his disappearance, becoming the first “milk carton” child. In their search for their son, his parents garnered wide attention for the case. However, after years of exhaustive looking, the Patz family had their son declared dead in 2001.


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