9 Year Old Leiby Kletzky Dead! Body Found in Dumpster! Suspect Arrested! Watch Tape Footage showing Leiby following a man!
An 9-year-old Brooklyn boy who vanished while walking home alone from camp was found dead in a dumpster in Greenwood Heights early Wednesday morning, police sources said.
More than a dozen NYPD detectives swarmed the scene outside the Park Slope Auto Center at 651 Fourth Ave. where the dismembered remains of little Leiby Kletzky may 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 suspects were in custody, 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 he 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.
And from the Wall Street Journal: Suspect arrested
Police are questioning a man in the death of Leibby Kletzky, the 9-year-old Brooklyn boy who disappeared Monday on his way home from day camp. Police raided the man’s home early Wednesday morning after Leibby’s remains were found.
Police made the grisly discovery of his remains early Wednesday, in a working refrigerator in a top-floor apartment at 466 East 2nd Street, according to New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne.
The 35-year-old man who lives in that apartment was taken into custody at 2:40 am Wednesday and has made statements implicating himself in the boy’s death, Browne said.
Other body parts of the boy were found wrapped in a black garbage bag and placed inside a suitcase in a dumpster on 20th Street between 4th and 5th Avenues in Park Slope, police said.
A security video that showed Leibby talking to the man led detectives to the discovery. The detectives were able to determine that the man had paid a bill at a dentist’s office and were able to obtain his name and address by going through the dentist’s records, Browne said. He added that there is no indication that the suspect knew Leibby previously.
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Authorities took the 35-year-old man into custody Wednesday after the child's remains were allegedly found in a refrigerator inside the man's home. Other body parts believed to be those of Leibby were found by detectives wrapped in a black plastic garbage bag, inside a red suitcase that had been tossed into a trash bin in another neighborhood in Brooklyn, according to police.
Chief police spokesman Paul J. Browne told FoxNews.com that the man, whom he did not name, remains in police custody. He has not been arrested, though "charges are pending," Browne said.
At about 6:45 a.m., a crime unit with the New York City Police Department carted away the trash bin and put it in a truck, and police officers walked in a line looking for evidence under cars and on sidewalks.
The suspect lives alone in his apartment, in a building shared with his parents. The man, whose birthday is Wednesday, once had a summons for urinating in public but otherwise did not have a criminal record.
The man made statements implicating himself in the crime, Browne told the Associated Press, but would not go into detail. It is not known yet whether he knew the boy.
"The nine-year-old boy was brutally murdered. Dumped," New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind told MyFoxNY. "What kind of world are we living in?"
Thousands of people had joined the search for Leibby, who was last seen near 44th Street and 12th Avenue in the tight-knit Orthodox Jewish community of Borough Park just before 5 p.m. Monday. The boy was supposed to be meeting his mother about three blocks away.
Investigators hunting for the boy noticed the man on the video going into a nearby dentist about 5:30 p.m. Monday, Browne said. The dentist, located later in New Jersey, said he remembered someone coming in to the shop who wasn't a patient, but who was paying a bill for a patient there, and police were able to track down the man using records from the office. When they went to his home, they made the gruesome discovery.
The medical examiner's office will determine a cause of death and positive identification.
Security video shows the boy walking up 13th Avenue after leaving Boyan Day Camp. He appears to talk to a man who was driving a gold-colored sedan. The video does not show Leibby getting into the car, but the boy isn't seen in the footage again, MyFoxNY reports.