NYPD: Missing Brooklyn Boy Leibby Kletzky May Have Gotten Into Man’s Car

FBI Joins Investigation As 2 Surveillance Videos Emerge As Possible Clues

Updated at 1:03 a.m., July 13, 2011

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The search for Leibby Kletzky continued Tuesday night more than a day after the 9-year-old boy from Borough Park went missing.  Two new surveillance videos are being seen as possible leads in the disappearance.

One video showed the young boy leaving his day camp, located at 12th Avenue and 44th Street, and walking past his home on 15th Avenue.

A second video, which was released late Tuesday night, showed the boy walking behind another man, according to police.  Investigators believe Kletzky may have gotten into the man’s gold-colored sedan.

1010 WINS’ Al Jones With More On The Expanded Search

Kletzky may have stopped to talk to a man and followed him in the opposite direction.  Tuesday, the boy’s father went with detectives to watch the video and confirm it was his son, CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey reported.

“We look at the possibility of foul play right from the beginning,” NYPD Chief Joe Esposito said.

CBS 2 has also confirmed that Congressman Jerrold Nadler specifically reached out to the FBI’s New York field office to request federal resources to assist in finding Kletzky.

The FBI has been deployed to the scene and is currently providing the NYPD with assistance, according to Nadler’s office.

Kletzky was supposed to meet his mother at 5 p.m. Monday at the corner of 13th Avenue and 50th Street after leaving day camp in Brooklyn, but he never showed up.

Since Monday night, volunteers organized by the Flatbush Shomrim — the Jewish community patrols — have fanned out from Borough Park looking for the boy.

WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs: They’re Searching In The Air And On The Ground

Police also had a K-9 dog at the boy’s day camp, hoping to pick up the scent. But after heading in the direction the boy walked, the trail went cold. The community flooded the area with announcements, posters and volunteers in a desperate search.

“We’re concerned. We feel like its one of ours,” said Esther Mandel of Borough Park.

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(credit: Marla Diamond, WCBS 880)

Kletzky had begged his parents to let him walk home, CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman reported.  They had given him a note, saying he would not be taking the bus. His parents are still waiting for their son’s safe return.

“I wouldn’t wish what they’re going through on my worst enemy — plain and simple,” Assemblyman Dov Hikind said.

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Residents search for Leibby Kletzky on Tuesday (credit: Kristin Thorne/CBS 2)

It’s unclear if Leibby’s disappearance is suspicious, but residents said they’re not taking any chances.

“Everywhere, up and down the neighborhood, every single block, every park, and so have hundreds of others,” one resident told CBS 2’s Kristin Thorne.

At the day camp, people said the children were susceptible to suggestions from strangers.

“He respects everyone…if you would tell him, you yourself were to tell him, ‘I would like you to sit here until I come back’, he would sit down until you come back,” said Jacob Baskal of the Borough Park Shomrim.

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports: Thousands Fan Out Across The Borough

“We have 2,000 people searching for the kid. We went through every backyard, every front yard, every possibility,” search coordinator Shi Lichtenstein told WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs.

Steve Sandberg of 1010 WINS reported that the search included people on horseback as well as in helicopters.

Hikind also spoke with the boy’s family earlier and said, “They’re scared. They’re afraid. I tried to give them strength and told them to have faith in God.”

The boy is described as 4-foot-4, with dark hair, wearing black glasses, a striped shirt, and was carrying a knapsack.

A $100,000 reward is being offered for the boy’s safe return. Anyone with any information is encouraged to call either the police at 718-851-5641 or the Shomrim at 718-871-6666.

Tips can also be called in to the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS, submitted to the Crime Stoppers Website or texted to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Sound off in our comments section below…

  • Debra

    So shocked. A kid goes missing and all this venom and hatred come out? This, in New York city America or Nazi Germany. Some of these posters are dripping with hatred and ignorance. Its quite creepy.

    I happen to be Jewish, though not Hassidic – and I am appalled, just appalled by the ugliness on this forum.

    Imagine if this kid were from any other race. Who would dare to post such hatred? It is disgusting.

    And why? Because the community cares for their kids and more than 2,000 are looking for the child? That is admirable. I wish my community were so caring.

    Good grief!

  • heather

    another stupid comment! they must work otherwise they would not be able to come up with 100,000$ reward.

  • liz

    Geez Dorota, it’s a real great time to show your support, thank you so much. On another note, perhaps you should take some medication for all that pent up anger of yours.

  • Proud American

    Hey Anti-Semite What’s going on I thought the Jews Have all the money? So it must be they are steeling that’s how they get all the money they don’t work Ha? what a great job they doing!

  • Danny

    I cannot believe what I m reading. Why talk if you don’t know what you are talking about? Most hasididc Jews do work just maybe in places where u need to have more intelligence than you.
    Also you are asking who is paying for it? Are you saying that we should just forget about kids who get lost… Or is it only because this kid is Jewish so why should if something happens to him?
    Finally don’t be so self righteous.. Don’t tell me you never let your kids go for walks in broad daylight.
    And even if all the baseless ridiculous embarks you are saying is true why can’t you put it aside for the sake of the kid

  • heather

    lazy???? because they let a nine year old walk a few blocks!!!!!! or because they are jewish and you are a bigot

    • Danny

      Bravo heather

  • Rabbi Willie Wonkaberg

    im praying this child is reunited with his parents
    God bless his family
    get home soon young man mom and dad are waiting

  • Teresa

    Don’t judge lest you be judged yourself!!!!
    Opinion wise: I’d have to believe that someone dressed up as a hassidic did a drive by pick up on this child. This child would not venture to entertain a non jew for any reason. Someone taking him off the street in civilian clothes would be noticed instantly. But someone dressed to look the part, or is the part would have no trouble gaining access to this child. If someone dressed like a Hassidic took him into a car it would never stand out as trouble to on lookers.

    Abba, you are this little ones shield and protection. You are a wall round about him. Keep him and preserve him. Make him to be of good courage. Make a way of escape for him. I ask you for devine intervention now. Put your angels round about him and deliver him from all evil. Cause the one(s) who have perpertrated such a crime and scheme to fall into their own pit. Bring your Shalom into his heart and the hearts of all his family and friends. Cause a cry of prayer from christians and jews united together to rise up to your throne as incense. Give heed to our petitions and make haste to answer us. Amen

    From a christian whose heart is united with the jewish community and deeply loves you. Baruch atah Adonai.

    • shelby

      thank you for sharing the prayer.I hope he is found alive and well soon.Yes many of us Christians are united with our Jewish brothers and sisters in good times and in bad

  • Pat

    @liberal Jew , how bout you go to work for me so that I can spend the summer with my kids?

    • helvis

      He’s too stupid to hold a job. Just another conservative hater on welfare.
      He should thank the rest of us taxpayers for subsidizing his existance but hey, if he had the sense enough of that he probably wouldn’t make such stupid comments. I think I might feel even more sorry for him than the kid. His life is obviously miserable.

      • Facts

        ‘Conservative hater?’

        Pardon me, but it’s not conservatives who are the biggest Jew-haters today…it’s the liberal left.

        Get back on-topic, please.

  • Harold

    I grew up in Brooklyn in the 50’s. Walked the streets from my Uncle’s house on Alabama Ave in East New York to my house on Sutter and Powell st. in Brownsville Night, Day , Afternoon no problems. A young child or a women can not do that today. What has happened to our society????? We have become a very sick and demented human race. We have to find a way to remove these vermin from our streets. We should control them not them us!!!!!

    • Very conservative

      Yes, at least jews don’t steal with guns and knives. Will give them that.

    • Facts

      It is no coincidence that as NYC became more and more liberal, the problems you noted increased exponentially.

      That is no coincidence.


    its not 1950..bet your life on that..when you have imbeciles letting gay marriages and the roman catholic priests run sex crazed all over..do you not think that its time to destroy this vermin? no pity no trials..just rope and a good oak tree.

    • helvis

      You should look into free adult education which is offered in every community. Don’t be lazy your whole life. You’d certainly do better if you pulled your head out of your ass. Might help with your staggering lack of self-respect.

    • Moishe steinbaum

      I agree you left out Hasidic rebbe’s molesting children and getting away without any prosecution as well mr. Bishop

  • Melvin

    I pray for that little boy to come home safe and sound! what is this world comming to? Kidnappers rape ………………….. I remeber walking home y my self not safe no more! I wish no evi on the kidnapper. He is just sick and need a life. sick i tel you sick

  • Then Again

    Liberal Jew obviously doesn’t have kids of his own. Which, I guess, is a good thing since the world is better off if people like that don’t procreate.


      bet your that insect Nathan..back again with his stupidity.. i guess you didnt take your drugs…a child is lost and you make it like it was nothing..your from nothing who ever you are..i would love to meet you..a bat too your head would be priceless..

    • Harold

      You are a Moron!!! Not only are you slow but slow motion Nut job!!

  • Nancy

    You are 10000000000% right EJ, and I speak as the ‘token goy’ of my block in Boro Park for 31 years.
    There are and have been hoards and hoards of unattended kids night and day on street corners, with nary an adult in sight. Surprized this sort of thing is not a daily occurance around here. Tragic story, but quite predictable.

  • guest

    To SK….it is a parents worst nightmare. That is exactly why a 9 year old shouldn’t be left alone walking the street of NYC. A mother’s responsibility is to keep her children safe and accompanied when they need to be.

    • helvis

      Why comment on something you obviously know nothing about? I know you’ve been in NYC and so does anyone else who has.

      Stupid people are funny. They have all the answers but remain on the bottom. Hilarious!!!

      Get on a bus and take a trip somewhere….anywhere….just keep your eyes open. Maybe you’ll learn something……but I doubt it.

  • Jessica

    I hope they find this little boy. Sending good thoughts and prayers.

  • sk

    I’m shocked over some of the heartless coments people have to say! the community is tight knit community, it was during the day, and the parenst never thought this would happen! just remember some of you should be careful of what you say before your loved ones are faced with such a tragedy! thsi can ahppen to anybody, at any age! think before you talk!
    For those commentatoators its nice to offer your prayers and thoughts at a parent’s worst nightmare!

  • liz

    Unfortunately, an amber alert can only be issued if there is suspicion that the child was ABDUCTED. An amber alert is not for a missing child, it is for a child who was abducted.

  • Johnny Handsome

    Is there foul play? No? Then no Amber alert. The kid ran away. He’ll be back soon.

  • Johnny Handsome

    Rather a touchy bunch aren’t ya’ll.


    I pray for his safe return. May God Bless his family

  • yossi

    You can spin it anyway you want, fact is crime rate within the Jewish orthodox community is extremely low in compare to other community’s in NY. check your facts before spitting out your 2 cents…



  • Ellen

    I pray to God they find this little boy. NO child should be left alone walking the streets of any city or town, not in this day and age with pedophiles running around free as a breeze. Pray that they do find this little angle and bring him back home safe and sound.


    How about Jaycee Dougart? Remember the girl that was kidnapped at age 11 and found 18 yrs later?


    This is terrible! I feel bad for the boy and the family, hope they find him soon!!!

  • Shevy Friedman

    An Amber Alert is only issued in event of an confirmed abduction. There is no evidence that suggests or can confirm this at this point.

  • SM

    The reward is now $50,000 please help find him! we are all praying that he should arrive home safely.

  • daniela

    shut up and have some respect.

    • watch your kids

      Daniela truth hurts but it is 100% right Pick your child up and you will never have this happen.

      • heather

        a nine yr old is old enough to meet a parent a few blocks away in day light!!!! to imply that the parent is at fault is very cruel

        • C

          Heather – in this day and age, a 9 year old is still too young to be left alone in the streets of NYC. The news clearly stated that the little boy seemed confused and lost, so he WAS NOT ready to walk alone in the streets.

      • helvis

        Another moron with all the answers.
        Who ties your shoes for you?

    • Liberal Jew

      How about not sending your nine year old kid to a camp? Spend some time with them in the summer. In this way, they won’t be so quick to ship you to a senior quarters in Miami when you turn 50.

      • Father of 9yr old

        Unless you are still at the 9 year old level, kids don’t want to spend the whole day with you for 10 weeks. Nor is it healthy for the kid.

      • helvis

        Another victim of what is generally called, “the dumbing down of America.”

        Congratulations…you’re a stupid ass.

    • hope they find him soon

      Daniela, unfortunately that is the truth. We parents need to be more careful with our kids, even if the we feel the neighborhood is safe. You never know what loony might we walking the streets. Having said this, my prayers go to him and his family and friends. I can’t imagine how his family must feel at this moment.

  • muti

    That’s a real cheap shot against a very religious and wonderful community, I get the feeling u don’t like the Hasidic community and trying to spread lies about the Hasidic community.
    Proud Hasidic Jew

  • muti

    ur just flat out wrong, and ur trying to spread lies about the hasidic community.
    the shomrim are working together with the police .

  • jtorres

    When a child this young goes missing, it is not just sad and scary, unfortunately it suggests something sinister. Most 9-year-olds don’t just run away, especially when they know they’re going to picked up. I fear the child has not voluntarily disappeared and I pray that whomever has him will do the right thing and just let him go so he can be found and returned to his home

  • dVid

    how much did you give u (edit)

  • Mrs. Kravitz

    The picture was not posted in the earlier editions of this article. I live in the neighborhood and got a robocall at 5:00 AM from the Shomrim society, the group that is coordinating the search, asking everyone to have a look around their property :(. Of course after that it was impossible to think of going back to sleep.

    I saw this article at about 7:30 AM and at that time there was no picture yet, and that is why commenters who saw the article earlier in the day are asking about it. CBS added the picture later.

    I was also surprised that there is no Amber Alert, at least not at 7:30 AM when I checked. But the search effort is being conducted by neighborhood groups that work very closely with NYPD, so I’m sure they are aware of the Amber Alert system. I don’t know why they haven’t activated it, or maybe they did by now.

    Sweet little boy, this is so heartbreaking, When I got the call, I did go out to look around my backyard as they asked. It was so eerie, everything still so silent, still waking up to the day, and I knew that I was looking for something just indescribable. My heart was pounding and I don’t even know the family. I can’t imagine what they are going through.

    I hope their little boy is found and returned to them safe and sound.

  • Saddened

    Amber Alerts are usually issued when it is known someone has taken a child away by car. Here it’s unknown, so highway signs are not an automatic help. Unfortunately, a 9 year old boy may have run away from home, had an accident playing or even walking, or been kidnapped. The police and volunteers have been active long enough to suggest he was kidnapped; they’d have found the victim of a hit-and-run.

    This is a nightmare for his parents and all the parents of the day camp children. All sympathy for them, and admiration for their immediate response in such numbers.

    I just hope he is able to come hope tonight. He’s only nine.

  • JK Jamison

    Amber alerts are only issued if there’s evidence of an abduction. That’s why there aren’t amber alerts for runaways.

  • Robert

    My heart goes out to his Family. I pray is found safe.

  • watch your kids

    If you ever walk or drive in this area you see the kids roaming freely parents need to keep a better eye on children.9 years old is still to young to walk alone if you are going to wait on a corner to pick up your child wait on the corner he is being dropped off at not on corner you live.

  • Someone in the know

    Aside from being wrong in this situation, you are completely wrong in general. I know the Shomrim in both BP and Flatbush. They have close working relationships with the police precincts, and are together on almost everything they need to be. Your accusations are unfounded, and are simply an effort to besmirch a community. Shame on you.

  • joy flanch

    maybe you should read the news better
    his mother was waiting for him by the corner,
    and in your camps would they look around the entire night for a small boy they don’t know?

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  • Zoe C.

    You should probably know what you’re talking about before you write so you don`t give over the judgemental, biased and stupid view you just did. . The police have been involved from the start and are overwhelmed and grateful for the help and manpower involved in the search. Instead of second guessing why don`t you do something productive like send god thoughts and wishes or even go help in the search.

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  • Kelly

    Read. It says quite clearly that the NYPD were involved. Comments like yours, scream ignorance. Jews don’t have image problems, they are already hated. So the fact that they deal with situations within the community has nothing to do with image, rather it must be a social/religous issues.
    NYPD if you would do some wikipediaing, works with the Shomrim, not against, not at the side, its team work.

  • dina

    THEY ARE WORKING WITH THE NYPD (AS THEY HAVE BEEN THE ENTIRE NIGHT!!!) TO PUT AN AMBER ALERT OUT. They dont just put them out every time a kid goes missing for a few hours, but now that its been overnight it is much more serious and they are putting the amber alert out!!

    At a time like this to speak badly of a community where so many have selflessly gone out to search the whole night!! How could you!? This community only needs all the good will you can provide at this time.

    The community has problems – as any does – but give them a break!!! Look at how they rally together to help!?

  • joy flanch

    i think you are 100% wrong i dont know if you saw the news or videos but their was over 25 cops by the commend center on 57 corner 15th AVE. i know this community for a long time i leaved in borough park for 25 years and they are a special people .
    where else would you find over 2,000 people at 2:00 am searching for a missing boy you don’t even know!
    think if it for a second you YOU go out for the entire night looking for a missing buy you don’t know you leaves a half a mile away or even more NEVER
    so please think before you speak

  • GRobert Waldman

    How can TWO of the readers of this article miss Leibby’s picture? Are they blind, stupid or did they fail to even look at the article before entering their comment? I hope he’s found safe and sound, but the longer it goes on the less likely that will happen.

  • GRobert Waldman

    You are probably correct in your assumption and in the reason for it not being issued.

  • Rebecca
    • GRobert Waldman

      There is also one at the top left of the article. A close-up of Leibby wearing a striped shirt!

      • Noah Zion

        Amazing what a quick and thorough response from the NYPD for a child only missing for less than 24 hours. Anyone else would have to wait 24 hours from the last site of the person before even reporting him missing.

        Once again, proof positive who runs this city.

        P.S. I hope they find the kid safe and unharmed.

      • Jeff Rosen ret NYPD Sgt

        Sorry Noah, I didn’t realize you were an EDP when I posted. The G-bldg is awaiting.

    • Jeff Rosen ret NYPD Sgt

      To Noah Zion. Just to counter your stupid anti-Semitic remark, the NYPD has never had a 24 hour rule for missing persons. For children a search is started immediately and for adults the NYPD goes on a case by case basis. You watch too much TV.

      • Noah Zion

        Don’t you dare call me antisemitic. Does Noah Zion sound Italian to you Rosen. This is just another idea of Talmudic Trickery on your part. You were never a cop and have no idea what is in the patrol guide. That I comment on the power of certain communities to sway the government in no way is antisemitic. Stop whining and take my observation like a man and without resorting to cries of biggotry.

        The fact that those of your ilk immediately cry prejudice at any criticism only stregthens the case against you.

      • Debbie

        Jeff, you are 100% correct. Noah, you are the one who is whining.

      • Moishe steinbaum

        Noah we do run the city i amso happy to proclaim this l’

  • Michelle

    Wouldn’t it be a good idea for a missing person article to include a picture of the boy???

    • GRobert Waldman

      Look at the top left of the article. You’ll see a fairly good close-up of Leibby.

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