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NYPD: Missing Boy's Remains Found In Refrigerator, Dumpster

NYPD: Missing Boy's Remains Found In Refrigerator, Dumpster

Dumpster where body of missing boy was found.

New York Daily News via YellowBrix

July 13, 2011

BROOKLYN – The body parts of an 8-year-old Brooklyn boy who vanished while walking home alone from camp were found Wednesday in a refrigerator of a man being questioned in his disappearance, police sources said.

The ghoulish discovery of Leiby Kletzky early Wednesday morning capped a frantic two-day search for the child.

The Hasidic child’s apparent body parts – including his severed feet – were in the refrigerator of a 38-year-old man, who lives in a third-floor attic apartment on E. 2nd St. in Kensington, one of the sources said.

Other pieces of the boy were found in a suitcase wrapped in a black plastic garbage bag in a Dumpster on 20th St. in Greenwood Heights, between 4th and 5th Aves., said the NYPD’s top spokesman Paul Browne.

The suspect was taken into custody at 2:40 a.m. at his apartment. He made statements implicating himself in Leiby’s death, Browne said.

Leiby was last spotted alive around 5:30 p.m. Monday, when a surveillance camera captured him standing about a block from the dentist’s office on 18th Ave. near Dahill Road in Brooklyn, the sources said.

Detectives tracked down the dentist at his New Jersey home Tuesday night and learned the boy’s disappearance coincided with the suspect’s visit there to pay a bill, Browne said.

Another dentist at the office and a receptionist helped cops find the suspect’s name and address in their files, Browne said. The suspect was arrested 40 minutes later.

There is no indication Leiby knew the suspect previously.

More than a dozen NYPD detectives swarmed the scene outside the Park Slope Auto Center at 651 Fourth Ave. where the suitcase containing some of Leiby’s remains were discovered. Sources said the body of the Orthodox Jewish boy was found after police checked the large gray trash container, which had its lid open.

Three people were initially taken into custody, but detectives were focusing on the 38-year-old man, police sources said.

“I’ve never seen a community feel more depression than they are at the moment,” Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Borough Park) said in an interview broadcast on NY1. “Whoever did this is sick beyond belief.”

Hikind said the suspected killer is Jewish.

A massive search by cops and hundreds of volunteers from the Orthodox Jewish community had been underway for Leiby, who had begged his parents to let him walk home alone from camp for the first time. His parents agreed to meet him halfway between his Borough Park school and the family’s home on Monday afternoon.

But he never showed up – and now cops think his disappearance may be linked to a man he was seen following on the street.

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