Man Held After NY Cops Find Boy's Dismembered Body

Leiby Kletzky's alledged murder shocks Orthodox Jewish community

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jul 13, 2011 12:39 PM CDT

(Newser) – A young Brooklyn boy who vanished while walking home from a day camp in one of the safest parts of the city was killed and dismembered by a stranger he had turned to for help after getting lost, police said today. An intense search for the missing 8-year-old, Leiby Kletzky, ended with the gruesome discovery of his dismembered body inside the home of a man who had been seen with the child around the time he disappeared, police said. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the 35-year-old suspect, Levi Aron, made statements implicating himself in the boy's death. Formal charges are pending.

When detectives arrived at the man's attic apartment around 2:40am, they asked him where the boy was and he nodded toward the kitchen, Kelly said. Detectives saw blood on the freezer door and discovered bloody knives, a cutting board and feet inside, according to a law enforcement official. The rest of the body was found inside a red suitcase that had been tossed into a trash bin in another Brooklyn neighborhood. Police and volunteers had been looking since late Monday afternoon for Leiby, who disappeared while on his way to meet his mother in the Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Borough Park.

Members of the orthodox Jewish community gather near a poster with information about Leiby Kletzky, a missing boy in Brooklyn, Wednesday, July 13, 2011.
Members of the orthodox Jewish community gather near a poster with information about Leiby Kletzky, a missing boy in Brooklyn, Wednesday, July 13, 2011.   (AP Photo/Robert Mecea)
This undated photo provided by the New York City Police Department shows eight-year-old Leiby Kletzky who killed in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn, NY.
This undated photo provided by the New York City Police Department shows eight-year-old Leiby Kletzky who killed in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn, NY.   ((AP Photo/NYPD))
A missing person poster is displayed near a crime scene where police found a suitcase believed to contain the remains of the missing 8-year old boy in New York, Wednesday, July 13, 2011.
A missing person poster is displayed near a crime scene where police found a suitcase believed to contain the remains of the missing 8-year old boy in New York, Wednesday, July 13, 2011.   (Seth Wenig)
Media and members of the orthodox Jewish community watch police officers where a suitcase believed to contain the remains of an 8-year old boy was found in New York, Wednesday, July 13, 2011.
Media and members of the orthodox Jewish community watch police officers where a suitcase believed to contain the remains of an 8-year old boy was found in New York, Wednesday, July 13, 2011.   (Seth Wenig)
Members of the orthodox Jewish community watch police officers where a suitcase believed to contain the remains of an 8-year old boy were found in New York, Wednesday, July 13, 2011.
Members of the orthodox Jewish community watch police officers where a suitcase believed to contain the remains of an 8-year old boy were found in New York, Wednesday, July 13, 2011.   (Seth Wenig)
A woman in protective clothing takes measurements near a crime scene in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Wednesday, July 13, 2011.
A woman in protective clothing takes measurements near a crime scene in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Wednesday, July 13, 2011.   (Seth Wenig)
A woman in protective clothing takes measurements near a crime scene in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Wednesday, July 13, 2011.
A woman in protective clothing takes measurements near a crime scene in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Wednesday, July 13, 2011.   (Seth Wenig)
Police officers conduct a search of the street where a suitcase believed to contain the remains of an 8-year old boy was found  in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Wednesday, July 13, 2011.
Police officers conduct a search of the street where a suitcase believed to contain the remains of an 8-year old boy was found in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Wednesday, July 13, 2011.   (Seth Wenig)
Police officers conduct a search of the street where a suitcase believed to contain the remains of an 8-year old boy were found  in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Wednesday, July 13, 2011.
Police officers conduct a search of the street where a suitcase believed to contain the remains of an 8-year old boy were found in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Wednesday, July 13, 2011.   (Seth Wenig)
Police officers prepare to remove a dumpster, right, that is part of an investigation about a missing 8-year old boy in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Wednesday, July 13, 2011.
Police officers prepare to remove a dumpster, right, that is part of an investigation about a missing 8-year old boy in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Wednesday, July 13, 2011.   (Seth Wenig)
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