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Hoping to solve the mystery of 6-year-old Etan Patz’s disappearance from Soho 33 years ago while on his way to catch the school bus, the F.B.I. and police removed a concrete floor, dirt and drywall from a basement at 127B Prince St. near Wooster St. A cadaver dog recently got a “hit” on the basement, where a local handyman who knew Etan had a workshop. But after four days of dismantling and digging — along with screening the rubble for human remains, clothing and personal effects — the search was called off Monday with the report of “no obvious human remains.” Above, during the effort, an agent dumped dirt from the basement into a dumpster. The debris will be segregated at a landfill on Staten Island in case it needs to be re-examined later.