In May, police arrested a man in connection with the murder of 6-year-old Etan Patz, the boy who disappeared 33 years earlier while walking to the bus in SoHo. The alleged perpetrator, 51-year-old NJ resident Pedro Hernandez, had confessed to murdering Patz in four separate confessions, but at the time of his arrest, investigators had no evidence. Some four months later, after exhaustive searching, they've still got nothing, sources tell the NY Post.
"There's just nothing else on this guy," one source tells the tabloid, which reports hearing the same thing from sources in the NYPD and Manhattan DA's office. In Hernandez's home in New Jersey, investigators did make a promising discovery: in a box in the attic crawlspace, they found white Fruit of the Loom briefs, a yellow Matchbox-style car and a pair of blue children's shorts. But the Post's sources say that troubling find resulted in no DNA evidence.
Hernandez's arrest, indictment, and trial was motivated by "politics," according to the tabloid's sources, who think it's unlikely he'll be convicted, due to the dearth of evidence. The story goes that Kelly pressured the DA's office to prosecute Hernandez because Kelly wanted "to rub the case in the nose of the feds, who had irked Kelly days earlier by seizing control of the investigation, digging up another SoHo building's basement in an ultimately fruitless search for Etan's corpse." Good to know that not even a child's tragic murder can get in the way of the never-ending NYPD-FBI pissing contest.