Brooklyn's Hasidic community was shocked Wednesday over the discovery of the body of missing 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky, from Brooklyn who vanished while walking home alone from camp. His dismembered body was found in a dumpster in Park Slope, police sources said.
More than a dozen NYPD detectives swarmed the scene outside the Park Slope Auto Center at 651 Fourth Ave. where the remains of little Leiby Kletzky were discovered. The New York Daily News reported that sources had said that the body was found after police in a passing patrol car checked the large gray trash container, which had its lid open.
The man who was seen walking near the boy in the video is in now being interviewed by police, chief police spokesman Paul J. Browne said. Detectives found other body parts believed to be those of Leiby wrapped in a black plastic garbage bag inside a red suitcase that had been tossed into a trash bin in another Brooklyn neighborhood, Browne said.
At about 6:45 a.m., an NYPD crime unit carted away the trash bin and put it in a truck, and police officers walked in a line looking for evidence under cars and on sidewalks.
Now cops think his disappearance may be linked to a man he was seen following on the street. Leiby is not seen getting into the car or driving away with the man.
The 35-year-old being questioned has not yet been arrested on any formal charges. He lives alone in his apartment, in a building shared with his parents. The man made statements implicating himself in the crime, Browne said, but would not go into detail.
Investigators hunting for the boy noticed the man on the video going into a nearby dentist about 5:30 p.m. Monday, Browne said. The dentist, located later in New Jersey, said he remembered someone coming in to the shop who wasn't a patient, but who was paying a bill for a patient there, and police were able to track down the man using records from the office. When they went to his home, they made the gruesome discovery.
The New York Post reported earlier that a massive manhunt was launched by locals and the police, with FBI agents joining in Monday night to search for Leiby Kletzky, who was on his way to meet his parents when he disappeared late Monday afternoon.
According to reports "he was last seen on surveillance video around 45th Street and Dahill Road in Brooklyn walking behind a bearded man in a white shirt and dark pants."
The Associated Press contributed to this report