Patz Handyman Allegedly Raped Niece

    The search continues on a rainy Sunday at the site where New York police and FBI agents dig up a basement believed to contain clues to the unsolved disappearance 33 years ago of six-year-old Etan Patz in New York, April 21, 2012. Police shut off two blocks of Prince Street and erected a blue tarpaulin tent over the entrance to the basement where detectives hope finally to break the case of Etan Patz, who became America's most famous missing child when he vanished on his way to school in 1979. AFP PHOTO / Mehdi Taamallah (Photo credit should read MEHDI TAAMALLAH/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Othniel Miller, a handyman who allegedly gave long-missing Etan Patz a dollar before he disappeared 33 years ago, is also accused of raping his niece, authorities have confirmed. Miller’s ex-wife told the FBI last year that she divorced him after learning about the abuse, and Miller’s niece confirmed the ex-wife’s allegation to the FBI this week. The rape claim was part of the reason that authorities conducted a search of Miller’s basement workshop for Patz, though the search ended yesterday when no human remains were found.

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