Almost four months after the NYPD and FBI started searching the Soho basement where Pedro Hernandez confessed he killed 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979, police have been spotted there again today. Among other things, two ESU trucks, one CSU truck, and ventilation was spotted in the area of West Broadway and Prince Street; one officer told our tipster that they were "wrapping up" there. WNYC got photos of large brown paper bags being carried out of the basement, which used to rest below a bodega run by Hernandez.
The renewed activity in the case comes just as cops tell DNAInfo they are "absolutely certain" Hernandez is guilty of killing Patz. That certainty stems from the fact that Hernandez's ex-wife Daisy Rivera revealed he kept a photo of the missing boy among his personal belongings for years. “She brought up that once she was going through a box of his with personal papers and inside that box was the picture of Patz,” a source told the Post. “She said it looked like it came from a missing poster that was put up in the neighborhood."
When she confronted him about it, she claims he barked at her, "What are you doing? Put that away! Don’t go through my stuff!” After that, he forbade her from ever touching it again. Cops aren't hopeful they'll find that particular picture, but they believe Rivera's recollection. Hernandez has been charged with second-degree murder; according to NYPD Chief Ray Kelly, he told police he lured the child “with the promise of a soda, and led him to the basement of the bodega, and strangled him” in the basement.