I read where there is an ongoing search for DNA evidence that perhaps Etan Patz was buried in the basement of a NYC apt. building.
The last I heard, several years ago, there was very strong suspicion that a local child rapist had abducted and killed the little boy but no evidence of the body had ever been found.
My little boy wasn't much younger than Etan when this case hit the news in 1979, I really identified with the parents of this little boy because my own was close in age and development. Couldn't begin to imagine the hell they were in, have never been able to imagine how they ever went on with life without ever knowing. Perhaps they found a way, life always goes on - sometimes, in the eyes of the survivors of loved ones, insultingly so.
I hope that DNA evidence is found and these people can finally bury that little boy, I don't know that anything can actually bring them the peace I wish for them.
There has never been a mention of this little boy where I didn't become riveted by whatever news item was being reported regarding his parents, his disappearance or any current news regarding the police investigation.