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Severed body parts found of missing Brooklyn boy

Leiby Kletzky

Leiby Kletzky Credit: NYPD

Body parts of an 8-year-old Brooklyn boy missing since Monday were found Wednesday, as police began questioning a suspect in the gruesome murder.

Leiby Kletzky’s feet and other body parts were allegedly found severed in the refrigerator of the suspect, identified as 35-year-old Levi Aron, who was arrested early Wednesday in his Kensington attic apartment.

It was from there that he led police to the boy’s body, which was allegedly stuffed in a suitcase and placed in a Dumpster of an auto repair shop.

Police and hundreds of members of the Orthodox Jewish community were desperately searching Borough Park for the boy, who had left Boyan Day Camp on 44th Street near 12th Avenue shortly before 5 p.m. Monday. He was supposed to walk seven blocks away to meet his mother, but he never arrived, police said.

Surveillance tapes showed the boy leaving the camp's school, walking across the street and waiting on the corner for about seven minutes. The suspect and his car were shown on the video as well, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said at a news conference Wednesday.

Kelly said after surveillance was put on YouTube, community patrol was able to locate a matching vehicle. Police matched that car to the suspect.

"The fact that [the boy] was lost, he was trying to find his way apparently," Kelly said.

"This type of incident is extremely rare," he added.

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