Body of missing Brooklyn boy found in trash container

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 13, 2011 11:24 AM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The remains of a 9-year-old boy who disappeared while walking home from day camp were discovered in a trash container on Wednesday in Brooklyn, police said.

A 35-year-old man was taken into custody, police said.

Leibby Kletzky, 9, was supposed to meet his family on Monday on his walk home from day camp in Brooklyn's Borough Park neighborhood but never arrived, police said.

After an extensive search, his dismembered body was found stuffed in a suitcase, wrapped in a plastic garbage bag inside a dumpster. Other remains were found inside a refrigerator in a home nearby.

Police said they had surveillance video of the boy, who lived in the borough's tightly knit Orthodox Jewish community, getting into a car with an unidentified man a few blocks from the park.

"I don't think there is anyone in this world that can comprehend what just happened," said state Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who helped search for the boy.

"In a neighborhood like ours where our crime rate is almost nonexistent, where a boy disappears and is brutally murdered is beyond comprehension."

Hikind said the suspect also lived in the Orthodox community.

Police were slated to hold a news conference later on Wednesday to disclose further details."

(Reporting by Aman Ali; Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Jerry Norton)