Thursday, April 26, 2012

Etan Patz : Background On Jose Ramos Questioned In 1982.

Ramos was questioned in 1982 when he was found living in a drainpipe and luring young boys for sex. At that time his connection to Etan's baby-sitter was discovered. The baby-sitter failed a polygraph. Her son said Ramos sodomized him for years and he played with Etan regularly.

Interview quotes of Jose Ramos 1990:


Reviewing tapes GraBois determined that "babysat" was code for molest to Ramos.

GraBrois: Mr. Ramos, my name is Stuart GraBois. I'm an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of NewYork. Do you mind if I call you Jose?

Ramos: No, go right ahead. And I guess ill call you Stuart.

Small talk about Ramos background.

Ramos: So what's new? I betcha I can tell you why you guys brought me here.

GraBois: Oh, why's that?

Ramos: Okay...I guess I forgot to pay my taxes on that stuff I sold on the street.

90 minutes of small talk.

GraBois: How many times did you try to have sex with Etan Patz?

Ramos went white and stopped smiling.

GraBois: Don't lie to Mr, Jose...

Ramos: I guess you have a witness. I guess you know everything. ( his voice cracking)

Ramos slouched backed in his chair and sobbed.
Ramos: I'll tell you everything. I never told anyone this before.

GraBois: Start by telling us what happened the day Etan Patz disappeared. And Jose, you better not be lying to us.

Ramos: I remember that morning, I made my rounds, looking for garbage to sell. Then I went over to Washington Square Park, and I saw a little boy bouncing an old tennis ball. And now I think it was the kid who went missing that day.

GraBois: What did he look like?

Ramos: Blond and blue-eyed and he was around six years old.

GraBois: Do you remember how he was dressed?

Ramos: He was wearing a dark jacket, I remember, and he had on a belt with a western buckle. And those sneakers, the kind with bright stripes on them.

GraBois: Did you know this boy?

Ramos: No, no, never seen him before. But I'm telling you it was the kid.

GraBois: How do you know?

Ramos: Because I was over at Sandy Harmon's apartment ...

GraBois: Who's Sandy Harmonic?

Ramos: She was my friend, her and her son Bennett. We hung out a lot together back then.(Just as in 1982, Ramos said Sandy was his lady friend and he was a close friend to Bennett, also. Ramos would visit them two or three times a week back then. On the night of May 25, 1979, or maybe it was the next night, he'd dropped by as usual. Sandy was watching the news, he said; about how authorities were scouring the city for Etan)

 Note: it is known that Sandy Harmon was to stay in the Patz apartment that weekend while the Patz family left. Of course, Etan went missing and they didn't go away for the weekend. Also, when Ramos saw the news at Sandy Harmon's, he ran out quickly to "help look for the missing boy." Some believe it was actually to hide the body better.

 

1990 interview of Jose Ramos

Ramos: She told me that she knew him; that she used to take care of him. They showed his picture on TV and I'm 90 percent sure that kid was the kid I talked to in Washington Square.

GraBois: You talked to him?

Ramos: We talked a little, and then I asked him if he wanted to go back to my apartment.

GraBois: Um-hmm. Why would you take him back to your apartment?

Ramos: (hesitation) For sex.

GraBois: What happened in your apartment, Jose?

Ramos: I gave him some apple juice, I remember that. Then I picked him up and started to feel around his legs.

GraBois: How high off the ground did you pick him up?

Ramos: This high. (Gestured in air)

Officers moved filing cabinet and drew line at three feet off ground.

GraBois: That high?

Ramos: No, higher. His belt buckle was about here. (Gestured to eye level )

GraBois: Then what happened, Jose? Remember you don't want to lie to me.

Ramos: I'm not lying, I swear it. I tried to have sex with the boy. I admit it, I did some things back in ' 79 that I'm ashamed of. There were kids I took to the movies in Times Square because I wanted to have sex with them, and I messed around with a boy once in a tunnel. But I never hurt nobody, and I never forced any of those kids. This boy said no. He wasn't interested. So I put him down. And then he said he wanted to go to school.

 note: The two incidents Ramos mentioned above were by force...one by knife point and Ramos was arrested for both!

The tone in Ramos's voice changed and he seemed more in control of himself.

Ramos: So we left, and we got in a taxi that took us back down to SoHo. But he changed his mind before we got there, and said now he wanted to go see his aunt in Washington Heights. I walked him to Sixth Avenue and put him on the uptown subway. I remember I waved good-bye to him from the other side of the turnstile as he got on the train. And that's all I know.

GraBois: That's bullshit, Jose!

Ramos: No, it's true. Look, I want to tell you everything. (Crying again) I want to get it off my chest. But I guess I need a lawyer for this. I'll answer all your questions then, even if he tells me not to.

GraBois: We'll get you a lawyer, and we'll take this up again tomorrow.

Ramos: (to Bob Shaw) By the time I tell you everything, you're going to be the police commissioner. (Promised Detective Cavallo a promotion.) ( to GraBois) And you, you'll be famous. You'll have Giuliani's job.

Ran into Giuliani as the elevator opened.
Ramos: Mr. Giuliani, I seen you on TV. The camera makes you look heavier

The next day Jose Ramos sported a Jewish yarmulke and invoked the fifth. He never recanted his 90%" confession, but he never admitted more. Ramos obviously thought police had a witness....who????

Except in jailhouse conversations...



Ramos jailhouse conversation from AFTER ETAN

Fischer: You told GraBois yourself you picked the boy up in Washington Square Park. The newspapers even say that.

Ramos: And that's wrong,too. I didn't pick him up there. It was blocks away.

Fischer: I need to see it on paper, Jose, otherwise the words just go into thin air. If you want me to help you, I have to see it to understand, just like I need case law to write a brief.....

Ramos sketched an X on a makeshift map where he said he'd picked Etan up. It was a spot on Prince Street, a block from the Patz apartment.

Fischer: Then what?

Ramos: Then we went back to my apartment but I never forced him.

Fischrr: Why would he ever go with you?

Ramos: I just walked up to him on the street an said, "Hi, remember me? I'm Sandy's friend."

Fischer: Ramos didn't meet him at random, he was very forceful about this point. (Reported to GraBois) He didn't elaborate as to whether he'd met Etan before. I think it mattered to him that I didn't think he had just 'picked him up'. ....

On another occasion.
Fischer: These young lovers of yours. What constituted sex with them?

Ramos gave a description.

Fischer: is that what you did to the Patz boy?

Ramos: Yes, before I sent him home.

No quotes here, but Fischer said Ramos was then graphic about the acts he performed upon Etan, acknowledging Etan had been fearful and unwilling, but Ramos reassured him.

Ramos: I honor him everyday.


Other statements from Ramos:
I honor Etan's memory
Penetrated, but not all the way
I didn't use force.
They'll never have a body.

Monday, April 23, 2012

#Jersey #McCann : Cadaver Dog's Also EXPOSE Goverment Cover-Up's . Dead Children WERE Here !

#EtanPatz :Video - The Day Etan Patz Disappeared In 1979.

#EtanPatz The Case Of The Seventies.



At the time, Detective William Butler was dedicated to solving the crime, and was reported to have become like a father to the rest of the Patz family. The NY Post wrote, "Every day Detective William Butler retraces the route that the 6-year-old should have taken on that Friday morning two months ago when he disappeared. Starting at 7:30 a.m. [he] walks slowly back and forth for two hours on Prince Street: past a health food store, a resaurant, several art galleries, and a bakery. He is searching desperately for a witness or clue that might have been overlooked by the police." He told them, "It's a long shot, but by now I feel like he's my own son, I can't give up."

Psychics were also coming in to help. It was reported that they were "providing a wealth of clues in the search for 6-year-old Etan Patz, the SoHo youngster who disappeared five days ago. But thus far they've all turned out to be dead ends. One of the psychics told the boy's exhausted father last night that she thought the first grader was in a "blue" hospital where there's a nurse named Mrs. Keanne."

Another psychic was hypnotized and thought the boy was "living safely" with a dark haired woman who spoke with a Spanish or Cuban accent and "who lives on the second floor of a tenement building number 29." The NYPD followed all of the leads at the time, but were reported to have been "frustrated."

There was also a tip that the boy was with relatives in Boston (in fact, his father Stan Patz didn't believe he was near their Prince Street home). Julie Patz's mother underwent a lie detector test at this time, but results were confidential. You can click through for the articles we unearthed at the NYPL yesterday, or head over there and dig through their microfilm files for an even closer look....read more

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#EtanPatz : Shira - Etan's Silent Sister Could She Hold The Key To His Disappearance And Why Did Etan's Mom Not Want Police To Speak With Her Daughter ?

NO sign of missing Etan Patz as FBI ends search of suspect's basement - but could boy's silent sister hold key to his disappearance?

  • Building being searched housed the workspace of carpenter Othniel Miller
  • Miller's ex-wife accused him of raping his niece but he was never charged
  • Authorities say he became aroused when looking at images of pictures
  • Cadaver-sniffing dog picked up scent of human remains at property after missing boy's mother led them back to Miller
  • Chief suspect Jose Ramos worked for him at the time of disappearance
  • Etan may have told his sister about unwanted advances from anyone
  • Shira Patz 'shut down' in recent interviews with FBI
    The FBI wound down its search for Etan Patz's remains today as it emerged they believe his older sister could have a vital piece of information that will lead them closer to her brother's killer.
    Shira Patz was eight when Etan disappeared from the streets of New York on May 25, 1979.
    Two men who lived and worked close to the Patz family, on Manhattan's Prince Street, are the chief suspects in the case - Jose Ramos, who is serving time in a Pennsylvania jail for the sexual abuse of two other boys, and Othniel Miller, who police have been zeroing in on after his ex-wife told them he raped his ten-year-old niece.
    An FBI source told the New York Times that Shira Patz has stopped answering questions about her brother, but is seen as an important witness because they believe if any strangers offered any inappropriate advances against Etan, he would have told her.
    Etan's face stared out from posters, milk cartons and newspapers for years after he disappeared
    Othniel Miller
    Search: The ex-wife of Othniel Miller claims that Miller, right, raped his niece, 10, years after Etan Patz, left, disappeared; sources say this is why Miller's former basement is being dug up decades after Etan vanished
    Denial: Miller, centre, has pleaded his innocence over the claims he was involved in Etan's disappearance
    Denial: Miller, centre, has pleaded his innocence over the claims he was involved in Etan's disappearance
    Ends: The last dumpster with material from the basement of 127 Prince Street is removed from the scene today and authorities say no obvious signs of human remains have been found
    Ends: The last dumpster with material from the basement of 127 Prince Street is removed from the scene today and authorities say no obvious signs of human remains have been found
    Agent Thomas MacDonald, who took over the case more than five years ago and was met with initial resistance from Etan's mother Julie, interviewed Shira to find a new way into the investigation but she is said to have 'shut down' under his direct interview style.
    FBI and police authorities were today winding down their work at the site in Manhattan. Chief police spokesman Paul Browne says the case remains a missing-person investigation, but authorities found no obvious human remains.
    Othniel Miller has been questioned several times by police in the last month after his ex-wife told them about the alleged rape of his niece. Julie Patz was also said to have told agents to look again at the handyman, who befriended Etan before he vanished and hired Ramos to do odd jobs for him.
    During one interview, agents watched the75-year-old as he grew aroused while he looked through a book of images of children, two law enforcement officials told the Times.
    When authorities told him cadaver dogs picked up the scent of human remains at his basement he allegedly blurted out: 'What if the body was moved?'
     

    Paper, strands of hair and other 'possible' bits of forensic evidence have been unearthed during the excavation of the basement but so far 'nothing conclusive' has emerged.
    Chief suspect in the case since the 1980s Jose Ramos initially told police he attempted to molest Etan but denied killing him. He dated the six-year-old's babysitter and was said to know every stop on the school bus route - and specifically which stop Etan got off at.
    But Agent MacDonald, who re-interviewed all the original witnesses and all the agents who worked on the case, said he was open to ideas that it was not Ramos.
    Halt: The excavation was suspended on Sunday due to heavy rains in the North-East
    Halt: The excavation was suspended on Sunday due to heavy rains in the North-East
    A New York City apartment building where FBI agents and New York City Police were searching a basement for clues in the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz, April 19, 2012.
    Aerial view: The New York City apartment building where FBI agents and New York City Police had been searching since Thursday
    Part of their thinking, the official told the Times, is that with his other victims, Ramos earned their trust before he molested them and was often seen in the company of children.
    The FBI have not been able to find any witness that can establish any form of relationship between him and Etan.
    'If you look at that pattern of behavior and apply it to Etan, you have to assume there will be a prior relationship, and it’s just not there,' the official told the paper.
    They say Miller, who was interviewed in 1979 and multiple times since then, 'sky rocketed to the top of the list' of suspects after his ex-wife Phyllis told them about the rape.
    But his stepson defended Miller and said the claims were not accurate 'in any way, form or fashion'.
    He also said his stepfather had nothing to do with Etan's disappearance, something his lawyer Michael Farkas reiterated over the weekend.
    Jason Webley said of his stepfather: 'He's not like that. He loved children. [Phyllis] made that up. She's a liar, she's sick in her head, she's crazy. I guess she's still bitter and angry about their past relationship.'
    Miller has never been charged over the alleged rape, and Mr Webley suggested: 'I'm pretty sure she would have filed charges'.
    He also said that he knew Miller's niece well, and she had never mentioned the alleged abuse.
    Evidence: New York police and FBI agents remove pieces of concrete after continuing to dig up the basement believed to contain clues to the disappearance of Etan Patz
    Evidence: New York police and FBI agents remove pieces of concrete which will be sent off for analysis for clues to the disappearance of Etan Patz
    Excavation: The team finished digging up the floor of the basement on Saturday
    Excavation: The team finished digging up the floor of the basement on Saturday and the search wound down today
    Police have been 'cautiously optimistic' they would find something in the search of the basement that would lead them to an arrest but it has yet proved fruitless.
    Though they have finished their search after five days, pieces of concrete have been sent away for forensic testing and authorities are hoping it produces evidence, otherwise the case is at a dead end.
    On Saturday, they discovered a 'stain of interest' believed to consist of 'an organic substance' which sources say could be human blood.
    The stain was cut out of the drywall and sent to FBI headquarters in Quantico, Virginia, for forensic analysis.
    It emerged on Sunday that the basement was also a playroom where Etan's sister and other neighborhood children hung out around the time of the boy's disappearance.
    There are no parks near SoHo, so parents banded together and installed tile and painted the walls, to make it somewhere the children could go and play.
    Keeping tabs: Etan's mother Julie looks out of her window at the scene of the investigation on Saturday
    Keeping tabs: Etan's mother Julie looks out of her window at the scene of the investigation on Saturday

    Looking on: Stanley Patz took pictures of the dig from his fire escape in the SoHo area
    Looking on: Stanley Patz took pictures of the dig from his fire escape in the SoHo area

    Police have been aware of Miller, a Jamaican immigrant, since the boy vanished as he walked alone for the first time to get to his school bus stop.
    However, Jose Ramos was held responsible for the boy’s death in a civil case. Ramos is currently in jail serving a 20-year sentence for abusing two other boys. He is due for release in November.
    It emerged yesterday that police had the opportunity to search the Manhattan basement formerly belonging to Miller soon after the six-year-old went missing - but decided not to because it would be too costly.
    The FBI and NYPD returned to the place they had considered taking jackhammers to 33 years ago after questioning handyman Miller several times over the last few months.
    Speaking outside the Soho property being dug up, Dr Lawrence Kobilinsky told the New York Daily News that improved technology would enable identification of skeletal remains.
    'Over the past 30 years, we have benefited from improved technology in forensic science,’ Kobilinsky, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, told the paper. ‘Identifying the bones of Etan Patz is certainly do-able.’
    However, he described it as ‘questionable’ that the investigation would find any human remains and said the fact cadaver-sniffing dogs had appeared to find something - that could be animal decomposition or ‘somebody’s dinner.’
    Investigators carry pieces of concrete out of a basement of a building on the corner of Wooster Street and Prince Street in the Manhattan borough of New York on Friday,
    New York police and FBI agents remove pieces of concrete after digging up a basement believed to contain clues to the unsolved disappearance 33 years ago of six-year-old Etan Patz
    NYPD and FBI investigators carry pieces of concrete out of a basement building on the corner of Wooster Street and Prince Street in the Manhattan borough of New York as the search for Etan Patz continues
    Analysis: The evidence gathered will be sent to a laboratory for further examination
    Analysis: The evidence gathered will be sent to a laboratory for further examination

    But even if no remains are found investigators could discover other evidence as the expert believed that the killer likely left behind clues. 'I don’t think they know enough forensics to destroy the evidence,' Kobilinsky told the Daily News. 'So there may very well be, in addition to a body, there may be other trace evidence that still remains even after 30 years.'
    Despite the passing of more than three decades human bones can determine the age, height and ethnicity of a victim, he said.
    A key issue is the fact that the 75-year-old performed a sudden renovation on the basement shortly after Etan's disappearance on May 25, 1979, in a house he would have passed on the way to the school bus belonging to a man who had befriended him just the night before.
    Police sources told the New York Post that when they questioned Miller about pouring concrete over the floor he gave them permission to tear it up at their own cost, but cops decided it wasn't worth it.
    The night before the disappearance of the six-year-old - who became the first missing child to appear on milk cartons - Miller was seen giving him a $1 bill as salary for helping him with his business.
    Michael Farkas spoke to reporters outside Miller's apartment and said his client was a 'wonderful, hard-working man' who has been cooperating with the case for 30 years - though headmitted it was the first time he had ever met him.
    Unsolved: Police and the FBI are back at the lower New York City location where Etan Patz went missing in 1979 after they received a tip about where his remains may be
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    Mystery: Jose Ramos, was found responsible for Etan's death in a civil case, and Ramos is serving a 20 year jail sentence for molesting two other young boys

    Mr Farkas said his client is 'disturbed' by the accusations.
    He said: 'I'm going to assist him in cooperating to the fullest extent possible. He did not do this and denies any role in anything that may have happened.
    'Like the rest of New Yorkers, Mr Miller is very disturbed by what's happening, he has always been very moved by what happened to the boy.'
    The suspect’s son, Ansel Miller, spoke to the Post to saying that his father ‘didn’t get so much as a parking ticket’ in his life.
    He told them that his father had an alibi and allowed police access to the basement at the time and added that Miller had suffered a stroke and a bad fall in recent years.
    While the excavation of the basement has been underway, Etan's parents Stan and Julie Patz have been holed up in the same apartment they have lived in since his disappearance  - wondering if the remains of their son had been mere yards away all this time.
    Julie Patz was pictured watching from her window on Friday as FBI and local police broke up the floor of the workspace and carried away debris. Stanley Patz was spotted taking pictures of the crime scene from his fire escape just a block away.
    They refused to speak to the media but posted a notice up outside their apartment saying: 'To all hard-working and patient MEDIA PEOPLE: The answer to all your questions at this time is "No Comment".'
    His parents have never moved from their home, in the hope their son would one day find his way back. Nor have they changed their phone number, as Etan knew it off by heart.
    Etan's disappearance brought national attention to the issue of missing kids, with May 25 declared National Missing Children’s Day.

    Grieving: Julie Patz watched from her New York apartment as police hunted for clues in the disappearance of her six-year-old son Etan, who vanished over 33 years ago
    Grieving: Julie Patz watched from her New York apartment as police hunted for clues in the disappearance of her six-year-old son Etan, who vanished over 33 years ago

    Day two: FBI agents and New York City police officers remove concrete to sift through for evidence from the Prince Street apartment building after dogs picked up the scent of human remains
    Day two: FBI agents and New York City police officers remove concrete to sift through for evidence from the Prince Street apartment building after dogs picked up the scent of human remains
    Interest: The nation's media gather at the New York site where the search for Etan Patz has resumed two years after it was reopen by Cy Vance
    Interest: The nation's media gather at the New York site where the search for Etan Patz has resumed two years after it was reopen by Cy Vance
    Though Miller was never named as a suspect in the initial investigation, police say they did search and examine his basement but didn't take it further because he had a credible alibi at the time.
    When the FBI went back to Miller recently and told him their sniffer dogs picked up the smell of human remains, he allegedly blurted out: 'What if the body was moved?' according to the Post.
    Miller was arrested in Florida in May 2004 for driving without a license. He owns two properties in the state, valued between $30,000 and $40,000.
    Heavy duty: Utility workers with jackhammers and saws helped chip away an area around aging pipes before law enforcers carried out the basketball-size chunks of rubble
    Heavy duty: Utility workers with jackhammers and saws helped chip away an area around aging pipes before law enforcers carried out the basketball-size chunks of rubble
    Mandatory Credit: Photo by KeystoneUSA-ZUMA / Rex Features (1698492e) FBI agents deploy wheelbarrows and sifters to the basement apartment
     NYPD and F.B.I. investigators equipped with jackhammers and pickaxes entered a concrete-floored basement on Prince Street in SoHo section of New York,
    Scene: FBI agents take sifting equipment into the basement where NYPD and FBI investigators equipped with jackhammers and pickaxes are searching for the remains of Etan Patz in Soho, New York
    Map: Etan went missing after leaving his home on 113 Prince Street on May 25, 1979. Today, police are searching premises a block away, on 127 Prince for his remains
    Map: Etan went missing after leaving his home on 113 Prince Street on May 25, 1979. Today, police are searching premises a block away, on 127 Prince for his remains
    Etan was finally declared legally dead in 2001, though no trace of his body has ever been found and the case remains unsolved.
    He was last seen walking two blocks from his lower Manhattan home to a bus stop for the ride to school wearing his favorite Eastern Air Lines Future Flight Captain hat - something his parents said he would even wear to bed.
    It was the first time his parents had let their son walk to school alone, after he begged them, saying all his friends were allowed to do it.
    In May 2010, the Manhattan district attorney’s office said they were taking a fresh look at the decades-old case of the missing six-year-old.
    The SoHo building the FBI have been searching in since 8.30am was along the path where the blond-haired boy disappeared. His parents have never moved from their home in Soho, in the hope their son would find his way back.
    Tip off: The SoHo building the FBI have been searching in since 8.30am was along the path where the blond-haired boy disappeared


    FBI investigators searching for the remains of a boy who has been missing for 33 years have closed down a street in New York.
    FBI investigators searching for the remains of a boy who has been missing for 33 years have closed down a street in New York.
    Hope: Throughout the last 33 years, police - and the Patzes - have re-released pictures of Etan and wanted posters in the hope of either finding him or his body

    THE BLOND-HAIRED BOY WHOSE DISAPPEARANCE STARTED A NATIONWIDE MOVEMENT TO FIND MISSING CHILDREN 


    Police and the FBI are back at the lower New York City location where Etan Patz went missing in 1979, NBCNewYork.com reported.
    Etan’s disappearance came before a time when the faces  of missing children would peer out from milk cartons and TV movies explored a seeming epidemic of vanishing children.
    The only small comfort his parents ever received from their son's abduction was knowing that it had become the catalyst in the search for missing children.
    His disappearance prompted such an extensive search that by 1985, it had taken in the whole of America, parts of Europe and even reached Israel.
    May 25, the day Etan disappeared, is National Missing Children's Day, which was named by President Reagan in 1983 in honor of the missing six-year-old.
    An entire network for tracking missing children emerged since then, including Amber Alerts and pictures on milk cartons - Etan's was the first picture of a missing child to ever be put on a milk carton.
    After 30 years the case is still officially open and the world has never forgotten the face of the blue-eyed, blond-haired boy who captivated a nation.
    Each administration since Reagan has honored the annual reminder to the nation to renew efforts to reunite missing children with their families and make child protection a national priority.
    On the day he disappeared, the school noted Etan's absence but did not notify his parents. It wasn't until 3.30pm his mother Julie realized he was missing and called police.
    His father Stan, a professional photographer, dispatched black-and-white photographs of Etan in an effort to find him.
    The massive search and media attention that followed focused the nation’s attention on the problem of child abduction and lack of plans to address it after it became apparent there was no coordinated effort between federal, state, and local law enforcement, no national response system in place and no central resource to help searching families.
    Etan's parents have since become outspoken advocates for missing children.
    For years, they refused to change their phone number, in the hope that Etan was alive somewhere, and might call. They never moved in the hope he would return home.



    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2133984/Etan-Patz-disappearance-Shira-Patz-told-brother-advances-men-vanished.html#ixzz1stBIbszU

#EtanPatz : Were The Parents Ever Checked out ?

A comment left on this link and knowing what we now know about the McCann case I believe the poster has a valid point. 33 years ago it would never have entered anyones mind, but in the last couple of years we have had many dead children with parents claiming faked abductions.

What harm could it do to have FBI Martin Grime and his cadaver dog MORSE check out the parent's apartment? Grime, at the moment involved in the Bianca Jones case.

Claims of two independent witnesses to have seen Etan that morning, which would clear the parents.


A woman who lived nearby saw Etan as he stood on the corner of Wooster and Prince, a relatively quiet intersection, as he waited to cross.  A mailman also saw him at that intersection.  They were the last people known to see Etan Patz.

However, something I find a little hinky, the Mom did not telephone the school to see if Etan had arrived safely which as a concerned Mom I would have done but that's just me.


http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/serial_killers/predators/etan_patz/index.html

http://jerseyabusescandal.blogspot.com.es/2012/04/etanpatz-basement-search-for-etans.html


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I still strongly think the parents apartment should be dug up as well. Why are they still staying there for 33yrs? 95% of missing children are killed by a parent. Why did Etan get missing only on the first day he walked to school alone? if it was the first day why did the parents not make sure he got it right the first time especially in SoHo, Manhattan? Who even came up with this story that he got missing walking to the school bus? - The parents?




It emerged on Sunday that the basement was also a playroom where Etan's sister and other neighborhood children hung out around the time of the boy's disappearance.
There are no parks near SoHo, so parents banded together and installed tile and painted the walls, to make it somewhere the children could go and play.


Agent Thomas MacDonald, who took over the case more than five years ago and was met with initial resistance from Etan's mother Julie, interviewed Shira to find a new way into the investigation but she is said to have 'shut down' under his direct interview style.



 

#EtanPatz : Basement Search For Etan's Human Remains Ends.

The search of a New York City basement for possible clues in the disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz more than three decades ago has ended, with no human remains found, a source briefed on the investigation told CNN Monday.

Detective Joseph Cavitola, spokesman for the New York Police Department, also said the search was ending. An FBI evidence team, along with police, planned to do another check to be sure nothing was missed.

A field test on what was considered a possible bloodstain found in the basement was negative, the source said. The stain, some possible strands of hair, and a piece of paper will be analyzed at an FBI laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, the source said.

Officials were at the scene Monday, less than 100 yards from Etan's home. They removed two dumpsters that contained some concrete slabs taken from the basement, which was a carpenter's workshop at the time Etan vanished May 25, 1979.

The trash bins and their contents were taken to a location to be safeguarded, a source familiar with the investigation said.
Etan's family still lives in the home where he lived. He would have passed the workshop on the way to the bus stop, which he was walking to alone for the first time when he disappeared.

Days after Etan went missing, the carpenter who worked out of the basement poured a new concrete floor, and it was never dug up until now, according to a law enforcement source.

About a month ago, a cadaver dog reacted to the floor in a way that suggested the possibility of human remains, a law enforcement source said.

The carpenter, Othniel Miller, 75, has not been charged with a crime.

He had no involvement in the disappearance, his lawyer said.
"Mr. Miller has been cooperating with this investigation for over 30 years," attorney Michael Farkas said Friday. "He has continued to cooperate on multiple occasions. And I am going to assist him in cooperating to the fullest extent possible."
Miller's daughter, Stephanie Miller, told CNN affiliate WCBS that her father had cooperated with federal agents, saying he "doesn't have anything to do with it."

FBI agents, assisted by the NYPD, discovered the possible bloodstain over the weekend by spraying the chemical luminol, which can indicate the presence of blood, but is not always conclusive, according to a source, who was also briefed on the investigation.

Investigators used chainsaws to dig out the portion of the wall with the stain, which the FBI will analyze to determine whether the substance is blood and, if so, whose it is, one of the sources said. Anything with potential forensic value will be brought to Quantico, two sources said. Analysis could take several days or weeks, one of the sources said.

The search for Etan resumed Monday morning after it was suspended Sunday for what the FBI called "operational reasons."
Around 2 p.m. Sunday, investigators searching the basement abruptly folded up a tent they had erected to shield them from a nasty rainstorm.

Moments later, two large New York Police Department vans rolled in, obstructing most of the view of the scene. Through a small break between the vehicles, photographers were able to catch a glimpse of something being loaded into the side of an unmarked blue van.

FBI spokesman Peter Donald declined to discuss the reasons behind the search's suspension. "We'll be back in the morning," he said.

Investigators recently relaunched their probe of the cold case, often described as a milestone effort that helped draw the plight of missing children into the national consciousness.

Authorities said both new and old information led them to Miller, a part-time handyman, who met Etan the day before he disappeared and gave him a dollar.

It was interest in Miller that prompted authorities to bring a cadaver dog about 10 days ago to a SoHo basement, where Etan apparently had encountered the carpenter, then 42, a source said.

When agents interviewed Miller about his connection to the basement, the source said Miller blurted out, "What if the body was moved?"

Farkas, the attorney, said he would speak to authorities about that alleged remark.

"I don't know that he asked that," Farkas told reporters.
Miller was picked up by the FBI Thursday and was questioned and returned to his Brooklyn apartment, a source said.

In 2010, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said his office decided to take another look at the decades-old mystery. FBI leads were then culled from that case file, sources said.
The investigation garnered national headlines as authorities splashed the child's image on the sides of milk cartons in the hopes of gathering more information.

Etan was officially declared dead in 2001 as part of a civil lawsuit filed by his family against a drifter, Jose Antonio Ramos, a convicted child molester acquainted with his babysitter.

A judge found Ramos responsible for the death and ordered him to pay the family $2 million. He never paid the money.

Though Ramos has been considered a key focus of the probe for years, he has never been charged in the case. He is serving a 20-year sentence in a Pennsylvania prison for molesting a different boy and is set to be released later this year.
A source said investigators want to expand the pool of possible suspects beyond Ramos.

Stan and Julie Patz, Etan's parents, wouldn't comment on the developments. A notice on the apartment building said, "To the hardworking and patient media people: The answer to all your questions at this time is 'no comment.' Please stop ringing our bell and calling for interviews."

SoHo -- a Lower Manhattan neighborhood now known for its boutique shops, art galleries and loft apartments -- at the time was a grittier locale, where abandoned storefronts dotted the city streets.

The boy's disappearance raised awareness of child abductions and led to new ways to search for missing children.

President Ronald Reagan named May 25, the day Etan went missing, National Missing Children's Day.


http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/23/justice/new-york-patz-probe/index.html

#EtanPatz :Video - Investigators Collect Hair And Paper In The Search For Missing Etan

Updated at 11:04 p.m. ET: Dozens of items, including strands of hair, a piece of paper and other possible bits of forensic evidence have been found in a SoHo basement in the four days that investigators have been searching for clues in the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz, NBC New York has learned.
Law enforcement sources tell NBC New York that investigators from the FBI, NYPD and Manhattan district attorney's office have told the Patz family that no human remains have been found. The family was briefed Sunday on the investigation and what has been found at the site....read more



http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/21/11328584-investigators-collect-hair-paper-in-search-for-etan-patz-missing-since-1979

Sunday, April 22, 2012

#EtanPatz : Video - Etan Age 6, Missing Since 5/25/1979 - New Search Going On As Of 4/19/12

#EtanPatz : Image - Beaming Kids In A Basement Where Etan May Have Met His Fate. The Basement Where An FBI Cadaver Dog Made A 'Hit'.

They are looking for evidence of death in a SoHo basement that once bustled with life.
Photos emerged yesterday that show beaming kids in the basement of 127 Prince St., where FBI investigators have been searching for evidence in the disappearance 33 years ago of Etan Patz.
The cellar that police now believe may hold the answers to the city’s most heart-wrenching mystery was a space transformed by industrious parents from a commercial cellar to a bright playground.

Don Gangemi

“We all got together and put down vinyl tiles on the floor and painted the walls,” said Donald Gangemi. “We wound up with 13 kids.”
Etan Patz
Etan Patz
Othniel Miller
Othniel Miller
The parents, lacking community facilities, chipped in to renovate the space, donated by an adjacent art gallery.
The room had no windows but ran the length of the building with a door to the outside, said Judy Reichler, one of the founding parents.
The basement would have been familiar territory to the Patz family. Etan’s older sister, Shira, was a play-group member, Reichler recalled.
But by 1979, the basement was also the domain of Othniel Miller, the now-75-year-old handyman known for doing odd jobs around the neighborhood who emerged this past week as a prime suspect in the case.
“He was a very good craftsman,” said Steve Kuzma, 78, building manager of nearby 133 Wooster St.
Just a day before Etan vanished in May 1979, he was in the basement, earning a buck from Miller for helping out in his workshop.
After Etan’s disappearance, investigators looking for him noticed freshly poured concrete — although they never dug it up after being told they’d have to pay for repairs.
MERE $1K HALTED 1979 EXCAVATION
LEAD SLEUTH'S TORMENT ENDED IN SUICIDE
“Every time I went down there, there was a different wall,” Kuzma told The Post. “It was a maze. [Miller] probably put in some of those walls.”
By the time Miller inhabited the basement, there were no longer smiling, laughing kids there every day, doing things like making necklaces out of macaroni.
“Nobody was living there,” Kuzma said. “It’s a storage basement. There’s a boiler in there and stuff like that.”
The renewed focus by investigators on Miller left Kuzma scratching his head.
“It’s pretty awful. It gives you a creepy feeling,” Kuzma said. “He didn’t seem like that type of guy.”

J.B Nicholas / Splash News

Yesterday a team of FBI and NYPD investigators finished ripping up the basement’s concrete floor in hopes of finding fresh clues in the search for Etan.
They have now begun meticulously sifting through the rubble underneath. The search — touched off when a cadaver dog “got a hit” to the scent of human remains — is expected to continue through Tuesday.
“This is a very slow, very methodical process,” FBI supervisor Timothy Flannelly said. “We’re still cautiously optimistic.”
He said about 30 to 40 agents were working in the basement.
According to WNBC-TV news the basement search has turned up a “stain of interest” on a piece of drywall. The significance of the stained area was not known, but it was cut out and sent for analysis. FBI agents, assisted by the NYPD, discovered the stain by spraying the chemical luminol, which can indicate the presence of blood, a law enforcement official told CNN.
NBC also reported that investigators questions a man who once worked with Miller named Jesse Snell. He was seen at the SoHo building the day Patz vanished.
Authorities obtained a search warrant for the basement after a new claim by Miller’s ex-wife that he raped his 10-year-old niece a few years after Etan disappeared.
FBI agents kept eyes on Miller’s Brooklyn apartment yesterday. A woman who answered the door refused to identify herself or say what the feds had wanted.
Etan vanished on May 25, 1979. For decades, investigators have believed Etan was abducted and killed by now-imprisoned child molester José Ramos, who was never charged in his disappearance.
Additional reporting by Sabrina Ford, Georgett Roberts and Liz Pressman
kboniello@nypost.com


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#EtanPatz : Cadaver Dogs - Special odor-absorbing pads were placed in the room, capturing the scent of human remains -- even decades old -- that police cadaver dogs were able to detect. The pads were sent down to the dogs in Virginia, and when a dog there got a positive hit, a dog was brought into the basement, sources said.

#EtanPatz : Suspicious Stain Found In New York City Basement

Authorities have found a suspicious stain on the wall of a basement being searched in the decades-old disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz, a source close to the case confirmed to FoxNews.com.

The unknown substance was detected Saturday in the former workspace of retired handyman Othniel Miller, 75, who was seen with Patz the night before he disappeared from Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood in 1979.

The source also confirmed reports that an unrelated molestation claim prompted police to reexamine Miller, who is now being described as a main "person of interest" in the Patz case.

Miller's ex-wife told law enforcement last year that she divorced her husband in 1986 after learning he had sexually assaulted her 10-year-old niece a few years after Etan disappeared, the source confirmed.

Investigators this week ripped up the basement's concrete floor with jackhammers and saws, and were digging through the dirt in hope of finding the boy's remains after a cadaver-sniffing dog picked up a scent in the 13-by-62-foot basement.

Etan disappeared on May 25, 1979, while walking alone to his school bus stop for the first time, two blocks from his family's home. Miller's workshop was on the route the boy would have taken to his bus stop, authorities said.

There was an exhaustive search by the police and a crush of media attention in the days and weeks following Etan's disappearance. The boy's photo was one of the first of a missing child on a milk carton. Thousands of fliers were plastered around the city, buildings canvassed, hundreds of people interviewed. SoHo was not a neighborhood of swank boutiques and galleries as now, but of working-class New Yorkers rattled by the news.

A name gradually emerged as a possible suspect: Jose Ramos, a drifter and onetime boyfriend of Etan's baby sitter. In the early 1980s, he was arrested on theft charges, and had photos of other young, blond boys in his backpack. But there was no hard evidence linking Ramos to the crime.

Ramos, now 68, reportedly admitted trying to molest Etan on the day of his disappearance, but denied abducting him or killing him. Ramos has never been charged criminally in the Patz case and is currently serving a 20-year prison term in Pennsylvania for abusing an 8-year-old boy there.

A former federal prosecutor who had worked on the case declared in 1998 that he believed Ramos was behind Etan's disappearance and death.

Police investigated leads to Ramos at various points, including a 2000 search of the basement of the building where he lived in 1979. They dismantled the furnace and searched it for DNA. But they found only animal traces.

By the next year, Etan's father, Stan Patz, who never moved or even changed his phone number in the hope his son would reach out, had Etan declared dead in order to sue Ramos in civil court. He was tired of waiting for justice, he said at the time.

A civil judge in 2004 found him to be responsible for the disappearance and presumed death of the boy, after he disobeyed her orders to answer deposition questions under oath for a lawyer representing Etan's parents.

The ruling provided a tiny measure of comfort to the family. But the criminal case continues, and prosecutors lacked enough evidence to charge Ramos criminally.

The case was quiet until 2010 when new district attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said he was going to revisit it.

Ramos is scheduled to be released from prison in November. His pending freedom is one of the factors that has given new urgency to the case.

But the focus of the investigation has shifted to the basement that had been used at the time as a workspace for Miller. He was interviewed after the boy disappeared. Investigators noticed at the time that the basement had a fresh concrete floor; his space was searched then but never dug up.

Miller gave investigators an alibi for the time of Etan's disappearance, though they are giving his account of the day a fresh look, a person familiar with the investigation said Saturday.

Law enforcement officials have spoken to him as recently as Wednesday, and one interview prompted them to take a closer look at the space, an official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the case was ongoing.

Miller hasn't been named a suspect, and his lawyer said he has nothing to do with the case.

The 13-by-62-foot basement space being searched sits beneath several clothing boutiques. Investigators began by removing drywall partitions so they could get to brick walls that were exposed in 1979. The work will continue through the weekend.

About 50 law enforcement agents, including forensics experts and an anthropologist, are on scene. While cadaver-sniffing dogs are capable of detecting scents much older than 33 years, it's also possible the dog picked up an animal scent or was plain wrong.
The cobblestone street remained closed off and was a veritable media circus, with trucks and crews parked along the curb and gawking tourists stopping to snap photos.

The Patz family hasn't commented or turned up near the site, though it's visible from their home — they've seen the circus before.

"To the hardworking and patient media people, the answer to all your questions at this time is no comment," read a handwritten note outside their door. "Please stop ringing our bell and calling our phone for interviews."

"Stan Patz, 3E."

FoxNews.com's Cristina Corbin and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
 
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/04/22/suspicious-stain-found-in-new-york-city-basement-in-search-for-etan-patz-source/

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Etan Patz's mother watches as police dig up handyman's basement in search for clues over missing boy... but officials say convicted paedophile is still main suspect

I am going to come back to this with more information, friends of the McCanns'as you are aware tried to frame Robert Murat for the abduction/death of Madeleine. Murat's mother Jenny, her garden dug up and swimming pool drained in search of the missing child. Where were the McCanns'when all these events were taking place ? were they watching the police search for their missing daughter the same way Etan Patz's parents are doing right now, waiting and praying for news ? No, at the time Gerry McCann was busy with his blog and this remarkable day did not even merit a mention, in fact the entry for that day he claimed they were tired and had an early night...while in the dstance diggers could be heard excavating, searching for their child!


I shall return to this when I find the blog entry.


UPDATE : Gerry McCann blog entries here at this link. I promise you they will shock you to the core. His blogging , his words leave you in no doubt he knows EXACTLY what happened to his daughter, more importantly where her remains are buried.


http://steelmagnolia-steelmagnolia.blogspot.com.es/2012/04/mccann-case-etanpatz-parents-reaction.html


  • A picture of Etan Patz was the first to be put on the side of milk cartons
  • His body has never been found and no one has ever been charged
  • A law official said the building being searched housed the workspace of carpenter Othniel Miller who was thought to have been friendly with Etan
  • A cadaver-sniffing dog picked up a scent of human remains at the property after Julie Patz led them back to Miller
  • Chief suspect Jose Ramos worked for him at the time of disappearance
  • Police did not dig up basement at the time because it was 'too costly'
  • Miller's lawyer said his client is innocent of any wrong-doing and official source says Ramos is 'still the guy'


The mother of Etan Patz has been seen watching the hunt for clues in his disappearance from the New York apartment where the family has continued to live for the last 33 years.
Police are searching the old workspace of a handyman who was friendly with six-year-old Etan - but say a convicted paedophile remains the prime suspect in the boy's death.
Othniel Miller has protested his innocence after being named as a person of interest, and a police source has confirmed that Jose Ramos is 'still the guy'.

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Grieving: Julie Patz watched from her New York apartment as police hunted for clues in the disappearance of her six-year-old son Etan, who vanished over 33 years ago
Grieving: Julie Patz watched from her New York apartment as police hunted for clues in the disappearance of her six-year-old son Etan, who vanished over 33 years ago
Etan's face stared out from posters, milk cartons and newspapers for years after he disappeared
Unsolved: Police and the FBI are back at the lower New York City location where Etan Patz went missing in 1979 after they received a tip about where his remains may be
Othniel Miller
Ramos was investigated for the 1979 disappearance of 6 year old Etan Patz, when the admitted child molester was dating Etanís babysitter.
New lead: Up until recently, Jose Ramos, right, was the only suspect in the case but the police's questioning of Othniel Miller, left, led them to excavate a basement he used to own. Ramos worked for Miller in 1979
A New York City apartment building where FBI agents and New York City Police were searching a basement for clues in the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz, April 19, 2012.
Aerial view: The New York City apartment building where FBI agents and New York City Police have been searching since 8am yesterday morning, cautiously optimistic they will find something
Evidence: New York police and FBI agents remove pieces of concrete after continuing to dig up the basement believed to contain clues to the disappearance of Etan Patz
Evidence: New York police and FBI agents remove pieces of concrete after continuing to dig up the basement believed to contain clues to the disappearance of Etan Patz
New York police and FBI agents remove pieces of concrete after digging up a basement believed to contain clues to the unsolved disappearance 33 years ago of six-year-old Etan Patz
Investigators carry pieces of concrete out of a basement of a building on the corner of Wooster Street and Prince Street in the Manhattan borough of New York on Friday,
NYPD and FBI investigators carry pieces of concrete out of a basement building on the corner of Wooster treet and Prince Street in the Manhattan borough of New York today as the search for Etan patz continues

Julie Patz was pictured watching from her window on Friday as FBI and local police broke up the floor of the workspace and carried away debris from the building in SoHo where Miller worked.
She and her husband Stanley posted a notice by their door indicating that they did not wish to comment on the case.

Authorities decided to excavate the building after interviewing Miller, who has become a person of interest in Etan's 1979 disappearance.
But a source told the Daily News that Ramos, a longtime prisoner found responsible for the boy's death in a civil case, was still thought to have abducted Etan.
Miller's lawyer echoed this as he argued that his client is innocent of any wrong-doing and has merely been helping police with their investigation.
FILE - This undated file photo provided May 28, 2010 by Stanley Patz shows Patz's son Etan who vanished in New York on May 25, 1979
Captivated a nation: Etan's father Stanley submitted a number of black and white pictures of his son at the time of his disappearance
Michael Farkas spoke to reporters outside the Brooklyn apartment of Othniel Miller, 75, to assure his client was a 'wonderful, hard-working man' who has been cooperating with the case for 30 years - though admitted it was the first time he had ever met him.
His statement came on the same day it emerged that police had the opportunity to search the Manhattan basement formerly belonging to Miller which is now at the center of their investigation soon after the six-year-old went missing - but decided not to because it would be too costly.
The FBI and NYPD returned to the place they had considered taking jackhammers to 33 years ago after questioning handyman Miller several times over the last few months.
The key issue is the fact that the 75-year-old performed a sudden renovation on the basement shortly after Etan's disappearance on May 25, 1979, in a house he would have passed on the way to the school bus belonging to a man who had befriended him just the night before.
Police sources told the New York Post that when they questioned Miller about pouring concrete over the floor he gave them permission to tear it up at their own cost, but cops decided it wasn't worth it.
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance reopened the case shortly after he took office in 2010 and it is believed that Etan's mother Julie Patz urged them to question Miller - who now lives in Brooklyn - again in recent discussions with authorities.
The night before the disappearance of the six-year-old - who became the first missing child to appear on milk cartons - Miller was seen giving him a $1 bill as salary for helping him with his business.
Mr Farkas said his client is very disturbed by the accusations.
He said: 'I'm going to assist him in cooperating to the fullest extent possible. He did not do this and denies any role in anything that may have happened.
'Like the rest of New Yorkers, Mr Miller is very disturbed by what's happening, he has always been very moved by what happened to the boy.'

Day two: FBI agents and New York City police officers remove concrete to sift through for evidence from the Prince Street apartment building after dogs picked up the scent of human remains
Day two: FBI agents and New York City police officers remove concrete to sift through for evidence from the Prince Street apartment building after dogs picked up the scent of human remains
Interest: The nation's media gather at the New York site where the search for Etan Patz has resumed two years after it was reopen by Cy Vance
Interest: The nation's media gather at the New York site where the search for Etan Patz has resumed two years after it was reopen by Cy Vance
Police sources say that if Etan was familiar with Miller then he would have also been familiar with Ramos - who would have had access to Miller's basement workshop as he had done a few odd jobs for him at the time.
Ramos is currently languishing in a Pennsylvania prison serving a twenty-year sentence for the molestation of two other young boys.
Police are said to be 'cautiously optimistic' the search will succeed after cadaver-sniffing dogs picked up the scent of human remains in the same area that was surfaced with fresh concrete.
NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly said an array of new technology unavailable to law enforcement in 1979 including x-rays and black lights are being used in the investigation. .
Though Miller was never named as a suspect in the initial investigation, police say they did search and examine his basement but didn't take it further because he had a credible alibi at the time.
When the FBI went back to Miller recently and told him their sniffer dogs picked up the smell of human remains, he allegedly blurted out: 'What if the body was moved?' according to the Post.
Miller was arrested in Florida in May 2004 for driving without a license. He owns two properties in the state, valued between $30,000 and $40,000.
While the search has been underway, Etan's parents Stan and Julie Patz have been holed up in the same apartment they have lived in since his disappearance  - wondering if the remains of their son had been mere yards away all this time.
Mr Patz was spotted today taking pictures of the crime scene from his fire escape just a block away.
They refused to speak to the media but posted a notice up outside their apartment saying: 'To all hard-working and patient MEDIA PEOPLE: The answer to all your questions at this time is "No Comment".'
Heavy duty: Utility workers with jackhammers and saws helped chip away an area around aging pipes before law enforcers carried out the basketball-size chunks of rubble
Heavy duty: Utility workers with jackhammers and saws helped chip away an area around aging pipes before law enforcers carried out the basketball-size chunks of rubble
Mandatory Credit: Photo by KeystoneUSA-ZUMA / Rex Features (1698492e) FBI agents deploy wheelbarrows and sifters to the basement apartment
 NYPD and F.B.I. investigators equipped with jackhammers and pickaxes entered a concrete-floored basement on Prince Street in SoHo section of New York,
Scene: FBI agents take sifting equipment into the basement where NYPD and FBI investigators equipped with jackhammers and pickaxes are searching for the remains of Etan Patz in Soho, New York
Map: Etan went missing after leaving his home on 113 Prince Street on May 25, 1979. Today, police are searching premises a block away, on 127 Prince for his remains
Map: Etan went missing after leaving his home on 113 Prince Street on May 25, 1979. Today, police are searching premises a block away, on 127 Prince for his remains
Etan was finally declared legally dead in 2001, though no trace of his body has ever been found and the case remains unsolved.
He was last seen walking two blocks from his lower Manhattan home to a bus stop for the ride to school wearing his favorite Eastern Air Lines Future Flight Captain hat - something his parents said he would even wear to bed.
It was the first time his parents had let their son walk to school alone, after he begged them, saying all his friends were allowed to do it.
In May 2010, the Manhattan district attorney’s office said they were taking a fresh look at the decades-old case of the missing six-year-old.
NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said yesterday they expect to be at the site for two to three days.
Mr Browne said: 'We're looking for human remains, clothing or other personal effects of Etan Patz. It's a very painstaking process. But nothing has been found yet.'
The 13-foot by 62-foot basement space being searched today sits beneath several clothing boutiques.
The building has undergone renovations over the decades, and Browne said investigators began by removing drywall partitions so they could get to brick walls that were exposed back in 1979 when the boy disappeared.
Etan was the subject of one of the most extensive missing-child searches ever.
An imprisoned child molester - Joel Ramos - was declared the prime suspect.
He admitted to trying to molest Etan on the day he disappeared but claims he did not kill him. He was dating the six-year-old's babysitter at the time.
The SoHo building the FBI have been searching in since 8.30am yesterday was along the path where the blond-haired boy disappeared.
His parents have never moved from their home, in the hope their son would one day find his way back. Nor have they changed their phone number, as Etan knew it off by heart.
Stan and Julie Patz stand on the 2nd-floor fire escape of the of their loft in the Soho neighborhood of New York.
Police and the FBI are back at the lower New York City location where Etan Patz went missing in 1979, NBCNewYork.com reported.
Home: Stan and Julie Patz, left, stand on the balcony of their third floor apartment which they still live in today, right, in the hope their son would find his way back to them

Father: Professional photographer Stanley Patz has never given up hope that Joel Ramos, who he believes killed his son, will be charged for the crime and punished
Father: Professional photographer Stanley Patz has never given up hope that Joel Ramos, who he believes killed his son, will be charged for the crime and punished
FILE - In this May 18, 1985 file photo, Stanly Patz, left, holds a photo of his son Etan, as he poses for a photo with his other son Ari,
MISSING CHILD POSTER MOTHER TALKING TV SHOW
Family: Stanly Patz, left, holds a photo of his son Etan, as he poses with his other son Ari, left, and his mother Julie appeared on a number of TV shows to try and find her son, right
Father Stan said another reason they did not want to move was because of their other two children Shira, who was eight at the time of the disappearance, and Ari, two.
His parents Stanley and Julie Patz have refused to comment to the media but have continued to fight for a legal resolution to their son’s death.
In 2000 they spoke with CBS's 60 Minutes about their refusal to give up hope.
Julie Patz said at the time: 'We have his belongings all over the house. To put them away, it seems to us and to our children that he's gone and he's not coming back.'
In 2005 they received a $2million award in their lawsuit against Ramos - money they will never see or expected to see.
'He was as nice a little boy as there could ever be,' his father testified during their proceedings.
Twice a year every year, photographer Stan Patz sends Ramos a copy of the missing child poster with the words: 'What have you done with my little boy', written on the back to his prison cell.
As far as he is concerned, the convicted pedophile is responsible for his son's death.
Ramos had been a boyfriend of a woman who had been hired to walk Etan home from school during a school-bus strike a few weeks before he disappeared. 
Ramos would later tell a prison cell mate he knew every stop of the bus route that took Etan to school and knew the six-year-old got off at the third stop.
Federal prosecutor Stuart GraBois took on the case in the late eighties and became determined to name Ramos as the prime suspect in the case and see him charged for his death.
When GraBois first said the name Etan Patz to him when he was called in for questioning, Ramos went white, according to a feature in New York Magazine written about Etan on the 30th year of his disappearance.
'I guess you have a witness. I’ll tell you everything, I want to get it off my chest,' Ramos sobbed, admitting that, yes, he’d taken a little boy to his apartment for sex on the day Etan disappeared and said he was '90 per cent sure' it was the same boy he later saw on TV.
He then claimed he have let the boy go when he spurned his advances and even said he walked him to the subway station. After that he asked for a lawyer and refused to answer any more questions about Etan Patz.
The SoHo building the FBI have been searching in since 8.30am was along the path where the blond-haired boy disappeared. His parents have never moved from their home in Soho, in the hope their son would find his way back.
Tip off: The SoHo building the FBI have been searching in since 8.30am was along the path where the blond-haired boy disappeared

Search: NYPD and FBI investigators equipped with jackhammers and pickaxes entered a concrete-floored basement underneath Lucky Jeans on Prince Street in the SoHo section of New York
Search: NYPD and FBI investigators equipped with jackhammers and pickaxes entered a concrete-floored basement underneath Lucky Jeans on Prince Street in the SoHo section of New York
Stuart GraBois took on Etan Patz's case and fought tirelessly to prove Ramos was his killer
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Investigation: Stuart GraBois, left, took on Etan Patz's case and fought tirelessly to prove Ramos was his killer, and Cy Vance, right, reopened the case in 2010 shortly after he took office
GraBois later had Ramos' prison cell mate reporting back on conversations they had about Etan.
He said the pedophile told him about violating the boy, not just an attempt like he told police but that he had succeeded, and even said that he had picked him up on Prince Street by telling him he was 'Sandy's friend'.
Etan's father said a few years ago: 'Jose Antonio Ramos is the man who abducted my child. We lost our child to a pedophile, and that's not comprehensible.'
In 2010, shortly after taking office, Manhattan DA Cy Vance said he would re-open the case. Mr Patz had been frustrated at the way the case was being handled and was relieved when Mr Vance agreed to reopen it.
FBI investigators searching for the remains of a boy who has been missing for 33 years have closed down a street in New York.
FBI investigators searching for the remains of a boy who has been missing for 33 years have closed down a street in New York.
Hope: Throughout the last 33 years, police - and the Patzes - have re-released pictures of Etan and wanted posters in the hope of either finding him or his body
'All we have been asking for is the district attorney to take a good look at the information. I realize this is not like CSI. That's why it's been a tough case all along,' he said. 'But there is enough evidence that a competent attorney can use to prosecute.
'I have waited more than 30 years for justice for Etan. I'll wait as long as it takes.'
Ramos is eligible for release this November, when he finishes a twenty-year sentence for child molestation.
Etan's disappearance brought national attention to the issue of missing kids, with May 25 declared National Missing Children’s Day.

THE BLOND-HAIRED BOY WHOSE DISAPPEARANCE STARTED A NATIONWIDE MOVEMENT TO FIND MISSING CHILDREN 


Police and the FBI are back at the lower New York City location where Etan Patz went missing in 1979, NBCNewYork.com reported.
Etan’s disappearance came before a time when the faces  of missing children would peer out from milk cartons and TV movies explored a seeming epidemic of vanishing children.
The only small comfort his parents ever received from their son's abduction was knowing that it had become the catalyst in the search for missing children.
His disappearance prompted such an extensive search that by 1985, it had taken in the whole of America, parts of Europe and even reached Israel.
May 25, the day Etan disappeared, is National Missing Children's Day, which was named by President Reagan in 1983 in honor of the missing six-year-old.
An entire network for tracking missing children emerged since then, including Amber Alerts and pictures on milk cartons - Etan's was the first picture of a missing child to ever be put on a milk carton.
After 30 years the case is still officially open and the world has never forgotten the face of the blue-eyed, blond-haired boy who captivated a nation.
Each administration since Reagan has honored the annual reminder to the nation to renew efforts to reunite missing children with their families and make child protection a national priority.
On the day he disappeared, the school noted Etan's absence but did not notify his parents. It wasn't until 3.30pm his mother Julie realized he was missing and called police.
His father Stan, a professional photographer, dispatched black-and-white photographs of Etan in an effort to find him.
The massive search and media attention that followed focused the nation’s attention on the problem of child abduction and lack of plans to address it after it became apparent there was no coordinated effort between federal, state, and local law enforcement, no national response system in place and no central resource to help searching families.
Etan's parents have since become outspoken advocates for missing children.
For years, they refused to change their phone number, in the hope that Etan was alive somewhere, and might call. They never moved in the hope he would return home.

Video: New York cops search for long-missing child Etan Patz



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