The Forest Hills mother whose butchered physique was discovered stuffed in a duffel bag had as soon as been reported lacking by her husband — after she went for a midnight stroll and didn’t come dwelling, police sources mentioned Monday.
Orsolya Gaal’s hubby Howard Klein known as 911 round 7:21 a.m. Might 29, 2020, to report his spouse lacking, telling cops she went for a stroll round 12:30 a.m. and hadn’t returned, sources advised The Publish.
Klein, 53, advised the emergency operator his spouse wasn’t of their Juno Avenue home in Queens when he awakened that morning, sources mentioned. Then he known as again about half-hour later to say she’d been discovered, sources mentioned.
The weird incident solely added to the persevering with thriller shrouding Gaal’s homicide Saturday morning. Greater than 48 hours into the investigation, cops have but to call a suspect and even particular person of curiosity in her ugly slaying.
Right here’s what we all know up to now in regards to the occasions main as much as Gaal’s loss of life:
- The doting mom of two sons, ages 17 and 13, frolicked in her yard Friday afternoon earlier than heading out with pals that night for an evening out in Manhattan, police sources mentioned. A neighbor who advised The Publish he noticed Gaal within the yard described her, her sons and Klein as a “regular household.”
- On Friday and Saturday, Klein and the couple’s eldest son have been away in Oregon on a university tour. The pair’s 13-year-old was dwelling along with his mom in Queens, and cops imagine he remained within the stately Tudor dwelling Friday into Saturday with out leaving, law-enforcement sources have mentioned.
- Gaal, 51, returned dwelling someday after midnight Friday into Saturday, and her killer got here to the house quickly after and stabbed her 60 instances within the neck, torso and left arm earlier than stuffing her in a black Bauer hockey duffel bag that was like one utilized by one of many youngsters, in keeping with authorities. Gaal, who was discovered with potential protection cuts inside her fingers and on her fingers, died from “sharp drive wounds” to her neck, mentioned the Workplace of the Chief Medical Examiner on Monday, ruling the loss of life a murder.
- Legislation-enforcement sources suspect that the killer knew Gaal, as there have been no indicators of a break-in on the dwelling, and contemplating the violent nature of the crime, they instructed the assault was private and dedicated in anger particularly towards her.
- After stuffing Gaal’s butchered stays into the duffle bag, the suspect dragged it from the aspect door of the household’s dwelling and thru the quiet neighborhood, abandoning a path of blood.
- Video surveillance from a neighborhood doorbell caught a shadowy determine rolling the duffle bag down a sidewalk on seventy fifth Avenue round 4:30 a.m. Saturday, about 4 blocks away from Gaal’s dwelling.
- The bag with Gaal’s physique in it was found round 8 a.m. a couple of blocks away, close to the nook of Metropolitan Avenue and the Jackie Robinson Parkway, cops mentioned. Dogwalker Glenn Van Nostrand, 51, advised The Publish that in the first place, he thought a model was stuffed into the massive pouch. When he peeked inside, he noticed black-ankle size denims, a belt and a lady’s waist and known as the cops.
- When police arrived at Gaal’s home later that morning, they discovered her 13-year-old son on the highest flooring of the house. He advised cops he lived on the location however didn’t know the place his mother was, police mentioned. He was taken into custody and dropped at a precinct for questioning earlier than he was launched later within the day.
- Klein, a enterprise proprietor with an advisory agency targeted on lithium-ion battery supplies, advised police he’d acquired a threatening textual content message from his spouse’s cellphone after her loss of life stating “Your entire household is subsequent,” in keeping with law-enforcement sources and WPIX.
- The Publish reached Klein by cellphone Saturday, and he mentioned he was about to get on a flight certain for New York, including that his household was in peril. “There are considerations about our security,” Klein claimed. “Our lives are in danger.”
- Since returning to New York, Klein has been in contact with police and is staying some other place, as the house continues to be an energetic crime scene, law-enforcement sources mentioned.
- Police sources have mentioned detectives know who Gaal was out with the evening earlier than her loss of life and are reviewing receipts and surveillance footage to trace her actions and work out if she met a “mysterious stranger alongside the best way. “It’s a thriller,” an NYPD supply advised the Publish on Sunday. “Now it’s a query of piecing collectively all the things she did.”
- Police have been posted exterior of the house, which continues to be wrapped in crime-scene tape, for the reason that homicide. Plain-clothes detectives have been noticed hauling proof from the property Monday afternoon, together with a big iMac laptop wrapped in a black plastic bag.
“All people’s on edge as a result of a killer is operating round, who simply butchered somebody yards from our properties, and they’re nonetheless at massive,” neighbor Nick Bais mentioned.
“The police-crime unit cellular laboratory was right here all final evening with the lights flashing. Nobody slept.”