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Surveillance video captured a shadowy figure dragging a weighty duffel bag down a residential Queens street in the early hours on Saturday morning. Police later found the dead body of 51-year-old Orsolya Gaal stuffed inside that bag.
What are the details?
New York police are trying to piece together how Gaal, a married mother of two, became the victim of a gruesome crime just hours after spending a night on the town.
Law enforcement sources told the New York Post that Gaal returned to her Queens home shortly before midnight Friday. Just eight hours later, she was found dead, stuffed inside a duffel bag with multiple stab wounds.
Shocking surveillance video distributed to local media showed the purported killer dragging the duffel bag down the sidewalk early Saturday morning. That bag left a trail of blood that police tracked back to Gaal’s home about a half-mile from where her body was found.
“[A]round 4:30 a.m. [Saturday], you see somebody rolling this [duffel bag] down the sidewalk from multiple cameras,” an NYPD source told the Post. “[Cops] actually traced [the blood trail] backward from the scene to the house.”
Gaal’s husband, Howard Klein, was reportedly in Portland, Oregon, with the couple’s 17-year-old son at the time of the murder. They were visiting colleges.
Do police have any suspects?
Police have not identified suspects or a person of interest in the brutal slaying.
However, law enforcement sources said detectives did not find evidence of a break-in at Gaal’s residence, suggesting Gaal knew her killer.
Police reportedly detained Gaal’s 13-year-old son for questioning on Saturday. The boy was purportedly at the house when the crime occurred, but police do not believe he left the house during the night and thus is most likely not responsible for the murder, the Post reported.
Police sources told WPIX-TV they believe Gaal told her son that she was hanging out with friends on Friday, but met up with a man instead. They believe that man is responsible for killing her.
After the murder, the purported killer used Gaal’s cell phone to send Klein a haunting message, according to WPIX.
“Your whole family is next,” the message read.
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