NY detectives searching evidence in Etan Patz case

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Associated Press

Posted on August 10, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 10 at 2:03 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Detectives returned Friday to the site of a former grocery store in the investigation into the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz, a 6-year-old boy who was one of the first missing children ever featured on a milk carton.

Barricades kept spectators away as police resumed the search in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood, where the alleged abductor once worked.

Police had searched the site Wednesday, though they're not saying what they have found, if anything.

Pedro Hernandez, of Maple Shade, N.J., was charged earlier this year in Etan's death and remains held without bail. Hernandez was a stock clerk at the convenience store when Etan disappeared while heading to school.

A judge declared Etan dead in 2001. His body has never been found.

Prosecutors have said the 51-year-old Hernandez in May admitted killing Patz. His attorney has described Hernandez as bipolar and schizophrenic with a history of hallucinations.

His next court date is Oct. 1 as both sides continue to investigate the case.

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