Skooter reporting 04/21/12
For decades, the famous case of a missing 6-year-old had a main suspect. He is an admitted child molester imprisoned in Pennsylvania. Even though the inmate was not criminally charged in Etan Patz' 1979 disappearance, he was found responsible in a wrongful-death lawsuit.
On Friday, investigators went on tearing up a Manhattan basement connected to someone else, a handyman Othniel Miller, 75, who was recently re-investigated by authorities. With a lawyer’s assistance, he denied that he had nothing to do with Etan's disappearance, which helped turn missing children into a nationwide cause.
As of Friday, authorities had yet to look for new evidence, and the police commissioner and the FBI refused to discuss any possible suspects. It's not clear what the renewed probe may come up, if anything.
But if the case points ultimately away from Pennsylvania prisoner Jose A. Ramos and to someone else, it could give rise to a legal mystery: one person held answerable for the boy's death in civil court while another became the center of a criminal case.
Miller is cooperating with investigators and his lawyer, Michael C. Farkas told the press that his client had no involvement in this tragic event.