The dismembered body of a boy was found on Wednesday morning in two separate places: a refrigerator inside a man's home, and inside a trash bin. A 35-year-old suspect has been taken into custody after the police found Leiby Kletzk's remains in his home.
The boy's severed feet were found in the refrigerator of the suspect's home, while other pieces of his remains were found wrapped in a black plastic bag, placed in a red suitcase, and tossed in a dumpster on 20th St. in Greenwood Heights.
The man is being held on suspicion but has not been charged with the murder of Kletzky, a Hasidic boy who was last seen in Borough Park, Brooklyn before 5 p.m. Monday.
Police took the suspect into custody based on a surveillance tape which placed the boy with the man during the time of his disappearance. The bearded man was dressed in a white shirt and dark trousers. He and the boy got into a gold car.
Kletzky was on his way home from Nechmod Day Camp when he was picked up by the suspect. He was due to meet his mother. Community Rabbi Bernard Freilich told WNBC his parents are totally 'devastated' after hearing the news that their son's body had been found.
After the boy went missing on Monday, an emergency alert for Kletzky went out. A reward for $100,000 had been raised in the hopes that someone would spot the boy. The statment read:
Heimish Headlines urges all community members
to immediately search the property around their homes,
including alleys, backyards, outdoor steps, sheds, garages, etc.
The suspect in custody reportedly led police to the boy's remains today, reports MSNBC.
After the boy was found, Chief police spokesman Paul J. Browne told the Associated Press that the man made statements implicating him, but did not divulge any details. Whether he knew the boy or not remains to be understood.
The 9-year-old boy was brutally murdered. Dumped, stated New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind told MyFoxNY. What kind of world are we living in?