Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Remains of Leibby Kletzky, Borough Park boy, found; Murder suspect in custody

This story is simply too horrible and upsetting.  For those who know these neighborhoods, it hits especially hard.  Similarly, for parents who trust their children to school buses, summer camps and to fate, this story is especially hard to take.

from NY1:

A 38-year-old Brooklyn man is in police custody after authorities say he allegedly made statements implicating himself in the gruesome murder of nine-year-old Leibby Kletzky.

Police say the man, who has not been identified, was nabbed at his attic apartment in the Kensington section of Brooklyn, where authorities say they found a refrigerator containing human remains.

Other suspected parts of the Borough Park boy's body were discovered this morning in a dumpster in Sunset Park, wrapped in a black plastic garbage bag inside a suitcase.

Detectives had seen the suspect on surveillance video entering a dentist's office, but they did not know who he was. They later went to the office and got his address there.

Investigators say other surveillance video shows the boy with an unidentified man and possibly getting into the man's car.

The massive search for Leibby began late Monday afternoon, when the boy did not return to his family from Boyan Day Camp on 44th Street and 12th Avenue in Borough Park.

He was seen on another surveillance video at 44th Street and 15th Avenue, off course from where his mother says they had planned to meet.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who helped head up the search for Leibby, said it is hard to comprehend what happened.  "It's something that I, like every school parent would think today, how could something like this happen? How is it possible that someone could take a nine-year-old, a little boy, an innocent little boy, and do what he did to this little child?" Hikind said on a phone interview with NY1. "People are out here in the streets where the family is. I met with the family many times yesterday and just tried to give them strength and hope that things will turn out well. Oh my god, oh my god."

from the Daily News:

Leiby Kletzky, 8, went missing after leaving his day camp.
Leiby Kletzky, 8, went missing after leaving his day camp.

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

The Orthodox Jewish boy's apparent body parts - including his severed feet - were in the refrigerator of a 35-year-old man, who lives in a third-floor attic apartment on E. Second 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 Fourth and Fifth Aves., said the NYPD's top spokesman Paul Browne.

The suspect, who has no prior arrests on record, was taken into custody at 2:40 a.m. at his apartment, which is around the corner from P.S. 17. He made statements implicating himself in Leiby's death, Browne said.
"He has no excuse," a source said. "He doesn't know why he did it."

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