Satmar Jews in Brooklyn.
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The body of an 8-year-old Hassidic resident of Brooklyn who had vanished earlier this week, was found dismembered on Wednesday in a Brooklyn park.

According to the Daily News, a policeman discovered the remains of Leiby Kletzky’s body in a black plastic garbage bag inside a red suitcase that had been thrown into a trash bin. The police detained a 35-year-old Jewish resident of Brooklyn for questioning after discovering more of the boy’s body parts in his refrigerator.

A surveillance camera caught Kletzky standing near 44th and 12th Avenue in the Borough Park neighborhood of Brooklyn just before 5 p.m. The boy was walking home from day camp and was supposed to meet his mother three blocks away, but never showed up. The video shows Kletzky speaking to a man in a car, although it does not show him entering the car.

According to chief police spokesman Paul J. Browne, investigators noticed the man in the video going into a nearby dentist office at approximately 5:30 p.m. Monday. The dentist recalled someone coming in to the shop who was not a patient, and the police were able to track him down using office records. Brown stated that the man made statements implicating himself in the crime, but would not go into detail.

Over the last several days, over 2,000 volunteers assisted the police in searches after a neighborhood organization put up a $125,000 reward to whoever could provide any information on Kletzky’s disappearance.