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Wednesday
Jul132011

Brooklyn Boy Murdered, Dismembered; Man Arrested

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Police have arrested the man whom a missing Brooklyn, N.Y., boy had asked for directions before his dismembered body was found Wednesday in two separate locations, including the man's refrigerator, authorities said.

The two-day search ended today when remains believed to be that of Leibby Kletzky, 8, were found early Wednesday in two Brooklyn locations, two and a half miles from each other. Body parts were found in a black plastic garbage bag inside of a suitcase in a dumpster and in the refrigerator of a third floor attic of the home where 35-year-old Levy Aron lived, police said at a news conference.

"It was a very brutal murder," New York Assemb. Dov Hikind told ABC News New York affiliate WABC. "This is the worst possible conclusion imaginable."

Leibby was reported missing Monday when he did not meet his mother at a pre-arranged location seven blocks from his camp. Police say the boy and the mother had gone to the location Friday and she had showed him the route he was to take.

Police say Leibby left camp at 5:05 p.m. and missed the turn he was to take to meet his mother. He was lost and asked a stranger, Aron, for directions, police said. The suspect was reportedly described as wearing "trappings" of the Orthodox Jewish community.

Security video footage shows Leibby speaking to Aron on a corner by his car, police said. Aron then went across the street and entered a building, while Kletzky waited for seven minutes. When Aron returned, the boy and the man got into his car, police said.

Detectives discovered that the building was a dentist's office where Aron went and paid a bill while Leibby waited. After locating one of the dentists at the practice in New Jersey and a receptionist, the man's identity was determined and police went to his house, a three-story home owned by the suspect's father. Aron's parents live on the first floor, his uncle lives on the second and he had been living in the third floor attic apartment, police said.

Police arrived at Aron's apartment at about 2:40 a.m. and found the door slightly ajar. The suspect was standing shirtless in the middle of the room. When asked where the boy was, he pointed toward the kitchen, police said.

There was blood on the refrigerator handle and police found a cutting board and three carving knives inside along with remains that are believed to be the boy's, police said. Aron also directed them to the dumpster where more remains were found, police said.

There is no indication that Aron was connected to the boy or his family in any way prior to this incident, police said.

Thousands of community members, investigators and detectives participated in the search for Leibby Tuesday. The FBI was involved and a $100,000 reward was offered. Police describe the area as a "very safe neighborhood" and call the situation "every parent's nightmare."

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