Carpenter Denies Role in Patz Case

Othniel Miller, 75, who said he has cooperated with authorities for more than 30 years as they searched for the missing Etan Patz, reiterated his lack of involvement in the disappearance Friday through his lawyer. Interest in Patz’s 1979 disappearance was reignited this week as the FBI and New York police began searching a SoHo basement near where the 6-year-old disappeared, and where the carpenter had a workshop. Law-enforcement officials said they were tearing up the floor and sections of drywall to look for evidence, and that they would sift the dirt beneath the concrete floor for human remains.