12 June, 2017
A body found wrapped and bound in a Brooklyn closet Friday has been identified by law-enforcement sources as the brother of Levi Aron - who abducted, killed and dismembered 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky in 2011.
The official tells The Associated Press that a family member discovered Tzvi Aron's body bound, covered and stuffed in the closet Friday. When he realized police were looking for the boy, he smothered and dismembered him.
Aron, 29, a bakery worker, had been last seen Tuesday.
The corpse was wrapped in a blanket with duct tape, initially suggesting foul play. He was wearing five shirts at the time, including a hoodie that covered the back of his head, police sources said.
Tzvi's brother, Levi Aron, pleaded guilty in 2011 in the kidnapping and killing of eight-year-old Leiby Kletzky. After police were called there by family, a law enforcement official said detectives found Tzvi Aron's body. "Everyone keeps an eye on that house for obvious reasons". The medical examiner will determine a cause of death.
The court-ordered evaluation of Aron found him fit to stand trial on murder charges in the death of Kletzky. Lieby was walking home alone from camp for the first time, had gotten lost, and stopped Aron to ask for directions. The rest of his body was wrapped in a trash bag and stuffed into a red suitcase, which was left in an auto fix shop dumpster about two miles away, authorities said.
He chose to drug Lieby Kletzky and then smother him with a towel.
The discovery has opened old wounds for New York's Hasidic community, which was rocked by Leiby's kidnapping and gruesome killing.
Tzvi lived in the basement apartment, while Levi had lived on the top floor.
Levi Aron is now serving a sentence of 40 years to life at the Sullivan Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison. The family's mother died from cancer and a sister, Sarah, died while institutionalized with schizophrenia before Levi Aron was arrested, according to Levi Aron's psychiatric report obtained by the AP. "People who know us know we're a good family", Tzvi Aron told reporters.