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Detective in Missing Child Case Kills Self

United Press International

A detective who devoted himself for five years to a futile search for Etan Patz--the child whose disappearance focused national attention on missing children--committed suicide, police said Wednesday.

Sgt. William Butler, 56, a 31-year police veteran, allegedly fired a single bullet from his handgun into his head. He was found dead Monday in the kitchen of his Brooklyn home, Officer Janice Swinney said.


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