Miller hasn't been named a suspect, and his lawyer Michael C. Farkas, said Monday that his client "has absolutely no responsibility for the terrible tragedy." Farkas also decried efforts to "sully" his client's reputation.
"The Miller family remains deeply saddened by what happened to young Etan Patz, and by the fact that he still has yet to be located," he said.
At the site Monday, metal police barriers with white flowers woven through them were being taken down and the posh neighborhood full of galleries and boutiques was returning to normal. The basement will likely be re-filled with concrete, the bill handed over to officials for reimbursement.
Associated Press writers Tom Hays, Jennifer Peltz and Verena Dobnik contributed to this report.