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Missing 9-Year-Old Brooklyn Boy Found Dead After Massive Search — An Arrest Has Been Made!

Wed, July 13, 2011 10:34am EDT by 1 Comment

The neighborhood of Borough Park is mourning the loss of a little boy, Leiby Kletzky, who disappeared the afternoon of July 11.

Leiby Kletzky, only 9 years old, was last seen leaving his Boyan day camp around 4:50 pm Monday, July 11, afternoon, on his way to meet his mother. However, surveillance cameras reveal that the boy was walking in the wrong direction, and eventually into harm’s way. Now, his body has been found. 

These types of cases are usually resolved within a few hours, but as the huge search continued for Leiby, and the FBI got involved, the community became more and more frantic. The reward for information quickly skyrocketed from $5,000 to $100,000 in just a day, and 3,000 volunteers came out to help in the search.

Sadly, it all ended when the remains of the little boy were discovered in a dumpster, sealed inside a plastic bag and then placed in a suitcase. More remains were found in a separate trash bin about two miles away.

The last time Leiby appeared on surveillance footage, he was seen standing alone when a bearded man in a white shirt crossed the street and the boy proceeded to follow him. The man then drove away in a gold car, although it was unclear if Leiby got in the car himself.

According to the New York Post, police raided the Kensington home of the suspected man, whose gold car was nearby. He is reportedly the same person who gave police the tip to look in a particular dumpster. There were more remains found in his refrigerator.

The man is in custody as well as another couple that lives in the building.

New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind said, “Everybody is absolutely horrified. 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.”

–Brooke Peoples

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