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Authorities Return To SoHo Basement Where Etaz Patz Was Allegedly Killed

Sources Say Return To Scene Prompted By New Statements By Admitted Killer
Etan Patz (credit: Handout)

Etan Patz (credit: Handout)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Back in May, the NYPD spent a lot of time in a SoHo basement looking for clues in the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz.

On Wednesday, investigators gave the scene another look.

Authorities arrived at the location around 11 a.m. and ended their search in the afternoon. Reporter Gary Baumgarten of 1010 WINS reported that investigators left the site of where Patz was allegedly killed with some bags of potential evidence.

1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten Reports

Sources told CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis that investigators have been taking new pictures and examining the basement following new statements made by Pedro Hernandez, who admitted two months ago to killing Patz, according to prosecutors.

Etan disappeared on his way to school on May 25, 1979, a date that would later be commemorated as National Missing Children’s Day. A judge in 2001 declared him dead, but his body has never been found.

Hernandez, 51, was a teenage stock clerk at the time of the disappearance.

Hernandez said he lured the boy from the bus stop with the promise of a soda, before suffocating him in the basement of the store, according to prosecutors. He left the neighborhood shortly after and was never considered a suspect by police until recently, when a tipster called police to say they believed he was responsible for the boy’s disappearance.