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CBS HD NY: Dismembered Remains Of 9-Year-Old Leiby Kletzky Recovered In Brooklyn

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Published on Jun 9, 2012

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) -- The intense hunt for a missing Borough Park boy has taken a shocking and tragic turn. Assemblyman Dov Hikind says authorities have recovered the dismembered remains of 9-year-old Leiby Kletzky.

Police say half of Kletzky's body was found in a refrigerator inside the Kensington, Brooklyn home, following a search, of a man now being questioned by detectives.

Half of Kletzky's remains were found in a dumpster in Sunset Park, CBS 2′s Kristin Thorne reported.

Those remains were found by detectives wrapped in a black plastic garbage bag, inside a red suitcase that had been tossed into a trash bin.

"It's just a horror for every parent," Hikind said. "I mean it's just a tragedy today for everyone in New York."

"There are sick people out there who would do such horrible things to an innocent child," Hikind said.

Early Wednesday, authorities arrested three people at the Kensington home at 466 East Second Street. FBI and police had to kick the door in. A gold car was found nearby, similar to one seen in a surveillance video police uncovered during their hunt for the boy.

A man who is seen walking near the boy in the video is one of those in custody, chief police spokesman Paul J. Browne said.

"That this is possible, an innocent 9-year-old is walking the streets, and that there are human beings out there -- at least we call them that -- who would do this," Hikind said. "There's no reason for it, it's just beyond horror."

Kletzky was supposed to meet his mother at 5 p.m. Monday at the corner of 13th Avenue and 50th Street after leaving day camp in Brooklyn, but he never showed up. His disappearance prompted an intense search, with much of the orthodox Jewish community he was part of, taking to the streets to hunt for the boy.

Kletzky was just 4-foot-4, with dark hair. He wore black glasses, a striped shirt and was carrying a knapsack.

Two surveillance videos offered possible leads in the disappearance late Tuesday.

One video showed the young boy leaving his day camp, located at 12th Avenue and 44th Street, and walking past his home on 15th Avenue.

A second video, which was released late Tuesday night, showed the boy walking behind another man, according to police. Investigators believe Kletzky may have gotten into the man's gold-colored sedan.

Since Monday night, volunteers organized by the Flatbush Shomrim — the Jewish community patrols — fanned out from Borough Park looking for the boy.

Kletzky had begged his parents to let him walk home, CBS 2′s Pablo Guzman reported. They had given him a note, saying he would not be taking the bus.


At the day camp, people said the children were susceptible to suggestions from strangers.

"He respects everyone...if you would tell him, you yourself were to tell him, 'I would like you to sit here until I come back', he would sit down until you come back," said Jacob Baskal of the Borough Park Shomrim.

Stay with CBSNewYork.com for more details on this developing story.

What are your thoughts on this horrific tragedy? Sound off in our comments section.

(TM and Copyright 2011 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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