NEW YORK (AP) – Three boxes of evidence from the investigation into the 1979 disappearance and presumed death of a New York City schoolboy have turned up while a suspect is on trial for the killing, and his attorney said Monday she could seek a mistrial or at least recall witnesses who have already testified.
The boxes were found recently at an uptown police station that covers public housing complexes in the area, prosecutors said late last week.
The location is far from the downtown precinct near where Etan disappeared on May 25, 1979, as he walked to school.
Etan Patz’s body has never been found, and he was declared dead in 2001.
Patz was one of the first vanished children whose case was publicised on milk cartons. His disappearance also helped usher in an age of parental anxiety.
Alice Fontier, an attorney representing Pedro Hernandez, said there were more than 1,400 pages of information on the Patz case in one box alone.
“Given this massive disclosure at this point, in the middle of the trial, there may be issues,” she said. “We may need to recall some of their witnesses. We may need to move for a mistrial.”