Police and hundreds of community members were desperately searching Borough Park Tuesday in helicopters, on horseback and on foot for a 9-year-old boy that went missing Monday.
Leiby Kletzky left Boyan Day Camp on 44th Street near 12th Avenue shortly before 5 p.m. and was supposed to walk a few blocks away to meet his mother, but he never arrived, police said.
Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who represents the neighborhood and spent all day helping the search, said police had put together video surveillance from several businesses that showed Kletzky talking to a man that looked like an orthodox Jew two blocks passed where he was supposed to meet his mother.
“He is seen talking to someone. The police are now looking for that person,” said Hikind, who saw the tape Tuesday night.
“Why he didn’t stop, I have no idea,” he added. “Hopefully we’ll find out from him.”
The NYPD woudn’t confirm the existence of the tapes.
The boy is 4 feet and weighs 50 pounds, according to police. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt with green and white stripes, blue pants, a black leather belt and black sneakers. He was the fifth child to go missing since Friday, according to police. None had been found as of press time Tuesday night.
“The father is very distraught and the mother had to take some time to lay down,” said Assemblyman Peter Abbate (D-Brooklyn), who met with the boy’s parents Tuesday.
Hikind said it was one of the first times Kletzky’s parents had let him leave camp on his own. “They wanted to give him a little freedom, so they let him walk a little,” he said.
The politicians and local business owners are offering a combined $100,000 for information leading to Kletzky’s safe return.
Cops were also still searching Tuesday for four girls who went missing in the Bronx. Sisters Chantel, 12, and Taniah Jackson, 13, left their grandmother’s home at approximately 7 p.m. Saturday to go to a nearby pizza place and never returned. Thirteen-year-old Angelique Noque was last seen at home at 9 p.m. Saturday and Shayba Douglas, 16, has been missing since 1 p.m. Friday.