Two other children were also reported missing in the Bronx on Saturday but have since been found safe.
17-month-old Justin Kowalczik is believed to have been buried in the backyard for more than two years, 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reported, while all along Police Major Patrick Regan said the family pretended he was still alive — and the youngest of three.
Police spent Friday night digging in the backyard of a Nassau County home, searching for the body of a 3-year-old who went missing about a year ago. The search could be connected to a man mentioned in an AMBER Alert earlier in the day.
The NYPD said Marlo Young disappeared after leaving his home on Crooke Avenue near Prospect Park shortly before 8 a.m. Wednesday.
Patz’s 1979 disappearance caused a frenzy in New York City. It also prompted huge changes in the way missing child cases were handled. Patz was the first missing child to appear on the back of a milk carton.
The child’s 20-year-old mother is currently at Bellevue Hospital, where she has been admitted as an emotionally disturbed person.