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Etan Patz case: Hard drive, papers collected from NJ home of suspect Pedro Hernandez

Etan Patz, left, is seen alongside Pedro Hernandez, 51, who was arrested May 24, 2012 in the boy's 1979 disappearance. CBS/Inside Edition

Etan Patz, left, is seen alongside Pedro Hernandez, 51, who was arrested May 24, 2012 in the boy's 1979 disappearance.
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(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - New York City police spent hours combing for evidence in the New Jersey home of Pedro Hernandez, the man charged in the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz, but whether they found anything that will help confirm Hernandez's alleged confession is still unconfirmed.

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New York police said only that that the search related to the investigation into Etan's disappearance, who was last seen on May 25, 1979 when he was allowed to walk alone to a Manhattan school bus stop for the first time. The search began late Wednesday afternoon and finished around 3 a.m. Thursday, said Robbert Gottlieb, a lawyer for Hernandez's wife.

The Associated Press reports that police collected a computer hard drive and some papers. Gottlieb said Hernandez's relatives didn't know what police were seeking. 

Police said Hernandez confessed last month to killing the boy on the day he disappeared. Hernandez's attorney has said his client was bipolar and schizophrenic and had visual and auditory hallucinations. Gottlieb said Hernandez's wife firmly believes that his confession is unreliable due to his mental illness.

Hernandez has not entered a plea in the case.

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