Dismembered body of a woman was found stuffed in a duffel bag Saturday morning in Queens, New York by two pedestrians
Remains were identified as belonging to local resident Orsolya Gaal, 51, a married mother-of-two
Gaal’s suspected ‘killer’ is seen dragging the duffel bag with her body inside from $2m family home about four hours after she had returned from a night out with friends in NYC
Gaal, 51, was seen by neighbor John Blankson Friday evening just walking about the yard with her dog, but a source said that Gaal was out with friends on Friday night during her final hours
Her body was discovered in a blood-filled duffel bag in Queens early Saturday morning, near a popular walking path on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills, Queens, NY
Footage from around 4:30 a.m. on Saturday of someone rolling the bag containing her body down the sidewalk from ‘multiple cameras’
Victim had no ID, cops followed blood trail from the blood-soaked bag that led them to home Gaal shared with husband and two teen sons, 13 and 17
House is located in a gated community on Juno Street a half mile from where her body was found
Gaal’s husband, Financial advisor Howard Klein, was making an out of state campus visit with the couple’s eldest son, aged 17, Twitter posts from Klein man published earlier this week indicated
Police said they previously responded to a 911 call at the house after Klein reported his wife missing May 29, 2020, but Klein later told the cops his wife had been found
In anther incident the couple’s older son also went missing in 2004 but was later found
A shocking surveillance photo captured the moment an unidentified person drag a bloody hockey bag down a New York City sidewalk Friday night, filled with what cops have described as the butchered remains of a Queens mother who just hours before was out with friends and seemingly enjoying herself.
NYPD are trying to piece together how Orsolya Gaal went from a well-to-do, seemingly typical stay-at-home married mother-of-two to a victim of brutal murder.
Gaal, 51, was seen by neighbor John Blankson, who shares a common backyard with Gaal, just walking about the yard with her dog, on Friday evening
‘The sun came out, Friday was quite nice,’ said Blankson. ‘We were outside. We didn’t actually speak to her – we were just chilling outside – but she was outside with the dog.’
Gaal has a little brown pooch that Gaal posed with in posts on her Facebook page.
That was the last time Blankson or his family saw Gaal. He also said that everyone in his house was up particularly late Friday night.
A source said that Gaal was out with friends on Friday night during her final hours. An NYPD official said they have footage from around 4:30 a.m. on Saturday of someone rolling the bag containing her body down the sidewalk from ‘multiple cameras.’
One of those photos emerged Sunday, showing a man in a hoodie rolling a large bag down the sidewalk near Gaal’s home in Forest Hills.
‘She knew the people she was out with,’ the source said of Gaal.
‘We’re talking to them. We also have to figure out, did she meet some mysterious stranger along the way?’
Detectives are now investigating the gruesome find, encased in a duffel bag, which was made by two different local residents near a popular walking path on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills, on a section of street that cuts through a local park.
The hockey bag containing her corpse was discovered about four hours after the person appeared on the footage, and cops followed the blood trail from it to the side door of Gaal’s Juno Street home, authorities said.
Gaal’s body was found by a resident who was walking his two hounds in nearby Forest Park when the Rhodesian ridgeback dogs latched onto the scent coming from the duffel bag.
Detectives said a blood trail from the blood-soaked bag led them to Gaal’s house, located in a gated community on Juno Street a half mile from where her body was found.
The blood trail ended at a house in a private cul de sac complex within Forest Hills Gardens, a gated community a half mile from where the body was found.
The home belongs to the family of four. – Orsolya Gaal lived in the home with her husband, Howard Klein, and two sons, aged 13 and 17. Klein was travelling with their older son when the gruesome discovery was made.
Police sources earlier said that the victim’s husband and one of her sons are considered ‘persons of interest’ in her death.
The officers who followed the trail inside the residence, came across Gaal’s 13-year-old son, alone in the house’s top floor. The teen told cops that he lived in the house with his mother, and that his father and older brother were away traveling, adding that he did not know where his mom was at the time.
Neighbors said the youngster had been scheduled to have his bar mitzvah a few weeks ago but that the family had to cancel the event because his dad contracted COVID-19.
Police after determining the body in the bag was, indeed, Gaal’s took the couple’s younger son handcuffed, into custody.
After questioning, cops determined he had not left the house at night and had no knowledge of the crime. He was subsequently released
Gaal’s husband, identified by neighbors as Howard Klein, was reportedly traveling out of state with the couple’s eldest son, aged 17, Twitter posts from the man published earlier this week indicated.
Police said Klein and his son had been made aware of Gaal’s death and were on their way back to New York.
As previously reported, police had been investigating the possibility that a male relative killed Gaal.
Gaal’s husband, businessman Howard Klein, was reportedly in Portland with the couple’s 17-year-old son on a college hunt at the time she was murdered, according to social media posts.
‘She knew the people she was out with,’ a source said of Gaal. ‘We’re talking to them. We also have to figure out, did she meet some mysterious stranger along the way?’
Neighbors said Klein, the founder of RK Equity Advisors, a boutique capital markets advisory firm focused on lithium-ion battery materials, wanted his older boy to attend the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, his alma mater.
A source said Klein received a threat from his wife’s cellphone shortly after the killing.
Klein on Saturday stated that he was on his way home, while repeatedly saying the family’s lives ‘are at stake’.
“There are concerns about our safety,” he said. “Our lives are at risk.”
Police said they previously responded to a 911 call at the house after Klein reported his wife missing May 29, 2020.
Klein later told the cops his wife had been found.
The couple’s older son also went missing in 2004 but was later found, too, the sources said.
Klein and the boys returned home Sunday, but it was unclear if they had been questioned by police.
In a since-deleted tweet announcing his recent out-of-state trip with his son, Klein also made a pitch for hedge-funder Bill Browder’s book about Vladimir Putin.
“Just landed Portland OR before evaluating Ann Arbor again with my 17-year-old son,” Klein wrote. “Highly recommend ‘Freezing Order’ @Billbrowder a man I’ve followed closely and admired since I started on Wall Street in 1997 broking EMEA & Russian equities to hedge funds like Hermitage.”
The book is subtitled “A True Story of Money Laundering, Murder and Surviving Vladimir Putin’s Wrath.”
Klein describes the development as being ‘in the middle of a terrible experience’ reportedly was readying to fly back to New York on Saturday, the day of the gruesome discovery. He expressed his concern for the safety of his younger son.
‘[My son] Leo is safe. Thank God [my son] is safe,’ he said of the 13-year-old.
There are concerns about our safety. Our lives are at risk.’
Originally from Hungary, according to Gaal’s Facebook page, she attended Budapest Business School College of International Management and Business. She is believed to have family in Hungary.
Several photos posted by Gaal show the her with the family’s dog as she chronicles trips to Hungary, Croatia, China and Guatemala.
In February, she contributed to a fundraiser put in place by her younger son for Susan G. Komen, which raises money for breast cancer research.
In a YouTube video posted last month, the child explained that he started the fundraiser as a bar mitzvah project to honor his paternal grandmother, who died of cancer in 2010.
‘My grandmother Deborah Klein died after a five-year battle with breast cancer at the age of 76,’ the child says in the clip, the newspaper reported. ‘I was only 18 months old at the time, so I never really had the chance to know my grandma Debbie.’
Klein’s social media accounts suggest he’s is from Long Island and that he’s a trader of lithium, a metal used to power electronics.
His LinkedIn profile identifies him as the founder of RK Equity, where he currently works as a partner. His profile describes the business as a ‘New York-based boutique capital markets advisory firm.’
Early Saturday morning, in a since-deleted tweet, Klein wrote that he and his son had landed in Portland, Oregon, and that they had plans to head to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where the businessman received his undergraduate degree in 1990, according to his LinkedIn.
‘Just landed Portland, OR before evaluating Ann Arbor again with my 17-year old son,’ Klein wrote the morning of Saturday.
No arrests have been made in the investigation, which is still ongoing.
A local resident was the first to stumble across the grisly scene, cops said. Noticing the blood, the Good Samaritan dialed dispatchers at roughly 8:11 a.m.
Police arrived to the scene after a second call was made, according to another local, Glenn Van Nostrand, reportedly the second to come across the body.
Local resident Van Nostrand who had been walking through the park with his two hunting dogs, told said he noticed what he said was a black Bauer hockey duffel bag while headed down the busy street to his nearby home.
Van Nostrand did not think much of the discovery at first, he told the paper, but bizarre behavior from his two hound dogs spurred him to look inside.
‘They are scent hounds,’ Van Nostrand said. ‘They see the world through their noses.’
When Van Nostrand opened the bag, he found the mangled body, which he said had been packed in the bag in the fetal position.
‘To me it looked a mannequin,’ the Queens resident said. ‘It didn’t look very fleshy. It was more like a crash test dummy. I thought it was maybe some equipment being used for something. I didn’t think anything of it.’
Then, Van Nostrand said, he noticed black, ankle-length jeans, a belt and a woman’s waist, and came to the realization it was real body, eventually noticing blood on the other side of the bag after having opened it.
‘I thought, “Oh my goodness,” and called police,’ said Van Nostrand, who added that he told dispatchers who answered his call, ‘There’s a body in this bag.’
Van Nostrand added that ‘another gentleman’ – referring to the other tipster, who was not identified by cops – had called earlier, but cops had not come at that point.
Van Nostrand also revealed that the bag had wheels.
Cops who arrived on the scene transferred the remains Saturday morning to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.