New York police have discovered the body of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky in a dumpster after a frantic search and vain hopes that he was unharmed.
He had been missing since Monday evening and the FBI had issued an "amber alert" after a 24 hour period in which thousands combed the Borough Park area of Brooklyn for him all through Monday and Tuesday night.
His dismembered body was found after police noticed a lid was open on a trash container.
The boy was last seen walking home from camp, according to the New York Daily News. The report added it was the first time the child walked home from camp alone, a request his parents granted after he pleaded with them. They arranged to meet him halfway between his camp, in a Borough Park school, and their home, a seven block walk.
Police suspect that Leiby may have been accosted by a man who was walking ahead of him. A surveillance video shows him standing alone at a corner that was way off the route to meet his parents, at the Dahill,18th Avenue and 45th St intersection.
The film later shows the same man driving away in a gold colored sedan, but the passenger’s side of the vehicle is out of the camera’s view.
"We have not ruled out that the boy got into that same vehicle," said NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne,” the Daily News added.
The newspaper quoted the victim’s father best friend, Shmuel Eckstein, as saying, before the body was discovered: "He's a very good kid. He's an angel. He has no rebellious streak to him. Everyone's thinking the worst and hoping for the best".
While the distraught parents are trying to cope with the agony of their son’s brutal death, State Assemblymen and others have put up a reward of $100,000 for information leading to the attacker.
Following is footage of the surveillance camera.