No Evidence Found in Former East Village Home of Suspect in Etan Patz Case
10/11/2000 07:45 AM
Police detectives acknowledged Tuesday that they found no evidence in the Etan Patz disappearance case last June when they searched the basement of the former East Village home of the prime suspect in the boy's disappearance twenty-one years ago.
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Patz was six years old in 1979 when he was last seen heading to a bus stop near his SoHo home. Jose Ramos, the suspect who lived in the building on East 4th Street, was the boyfriend of Patz's babysitter.
Investigators had hoped to find DNA evidence in the ashes in the basement's boiler, where bone fragmenst were found. Police believe that Ramos burned Patz's body in the defunct coal-burning furnace but have not found any evidence that his body was ever there.
Ramos is currently serving up to twenty years in a Pennsylvania jail on a child sex abuse charge unrelated to the Patz case.