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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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  • Tlusa_max50


    about 3 years ago


    3rdwatchguy sums it up for me. May God have mercy on this piece of trash for as a father I would not. I pray that our Heavly Father may provide peace and comfort for this family, community and the responders. I know I shouldn't be but I am continually amazed at the levels of depravity that the human mind can sink to.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    Heartbreaker doesn't even come close but it will have to do.

    Bump 3rdwatchguy There are just some things a father can't leave for others.

  • Andrea_and_i_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Bump MH557... Rest in peace lil man...

  • Pug_max600_max50


    about 3 years ago


    The suspect tried to coax other children into his car in the past. Leibby Kletzky was just short of 9-years-old and wanted to be a big boy and walk home from his day camp by himself. He lost his way and lost his life after turning to a stranger for help, authorities said. Sad as the suspect ,Levi Aron is a member of the community. That area was considered extremely safe. Prayers to the family and friends.

  • Erin_1_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Horrible... =( My heart goes out to his friends and family. Rest in Peace Leiby.

  • Picture_100_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace Leibly. May the perpetrator of this crime be brought to justice.

  • Flowers_20_234__max50


    about 3 years ago


    I pray for the Kletzky family, who will forever blame themselves for this horrific tragedy, for the Hasidic community who were violated by this,and I pray for the officers who had the unfortunate duty of the discovery

  • Esu_patch_max50


    about 3 years ago


    What a horror, lets hope the perp/perv doesnt get the Caylee Anthony jury,,,,,,

  • Telecommunicator_rusch_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Very difficult to think of young Leiby Kletzky being lost and ending up in the hands of such a perverted person. Rest in peace Leibly...

  • John_groh_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Sorry to hear of the death of this young boy. I am glad they were able to get the SOB who did this.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago

    This is every parents worst nightmare. Thank GOD they caught this waste of space. May the rest of the inmates get a hold of him!!! Thoughts and prayers for his family!! RIP Leiby.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago

    My heart aches for the family. My Prayers and condolences for the terrible loss of their boy that has been murdered by that POS predator.

  • Fake_sunset_max50


    about 3 years ago


    bump USLawman

  • Angel_kincaid_park_2014_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Bump USLawman, Rest easy lil man, Godspeed

  • 45089_396847393722850_1055776862_n_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Prayers going out to the victim's family and community. I hope the animal responsible for the boy's murder will pay for what he did! Sick excuse for a human being!

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