Digging for clues in Soho

Photo by Tequila Minsky

Police returned to a basement at the corner of Prince St. and West Broadway on Wednesday where a suspect, Pedro Hernandez, said he killed Etan Patz, 6, in 1979. A police spokesperson would only say, “There is an ongoing investigation.” At the time Patz vanished, the corner store at this spot was a bodega. On Wednesday, six large, partially filled, supermarket-type, paper bags were brought up from the basement. A shovel and bucket that were used in the investigation were also brought up. Police spokesperson Paul Browne reportedly said the search wasn’t based on new information. A separate basement investigation this April, a block away at Wooster St., also relating to the Patz case, caused Hernandez’s relatives to tip off police that the former bodega worker formerly claimed he had killed a child. Hernandez was subsequently arrested and has confessed. Yet, according to news reports, there’s no physical evidence.

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