A Brooklyn boy was found dead in Borough Park on his way home from day camp after he asked a stranger for directions, police said today. His body was found in a trash bin and refrigerator, said police today. As the man under arrest is also an Orthodox Jew, the particularly peaceful community is shocked and thoroughly confused.
The search for 8-year-old Leiby Kletzy spanned a day and a half and was completed when the boy's feet were discovered in the home of the man with whom the child was seen on a surveillance video, said a law enforcement official. The rest of the boy's remains were found in a trashcan in another neighborhood.
One of Levi Aron's co-workers told Brooklyn media, I can't believe this. He was a strange guy, but he was here yesterday and he was fine after killing this little boy.
Leibby left Boyan Day Camp on 44th Street and 12th Avenue in Borough Park around 5 p.m. on Monday with plans to meet his mother. Surveillance video showed that he was later at 44th Street and 15th Avenue, indicating that he was lost. The video also showed the boy go into Mr. Aron's vehicle, a 1990 Honda Accord.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said, It is every parent's worst nightmare.
Everyone is in total shock, beyond belief, beyond comprehension ... to suddenly disappear and then the details ... and the fact someone in the extended community ... it's awful, said state Assemblyman Dov Hikind, reported AP.
Kelly said that 35-year-old Levi Aron turned himself in, telling police that he panicked when he saw photos of the boy on filers throughout the neighborhood. When police asked the killer where the boy was at 2:40 in the morning, he pointed to the kitchen. Aron went on to say that the rest of the body was in a plastic bag inside of a red suitcase in a trash bin.
There was no evidence of sexual assault and it is unclear whether the suspect had a history of mental illness.