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Stacey Sager has the latest from Flushing Meadows.

The 21-year-old son of a missing Queens woman was taken into custody by police Friday morning.

He was picked up by officers in Brooklyn and is being interviewed at a Queens police precinct. He has reportedly made statements implicating himself in her death, though formal charges have not yet been filed.

Meanwhile, the meticulous search for 58-year-old Lyubova Gorbunova continues at Flushing Meadows Park. Police divers have been in and out of Willow Lake, looking for remains. Gorbunova was last seen on September 27th, and the story surrounding her disappearance from her Rego Park apartment building has neighbors cringing.

"I'm here 45 years," one neighbor said. "I never heard of anything like that."

Gorbunova's son was spotted on the surveillance cameras at their building two days after she went missing. He was lugging in a large garbage bag, and sources tell Eyewitness News he was arrested for allegedly swiping a surveillance monitor in the building's lobby but released with a desk appearance ticket.

Police say they were tipped off to the park as a possible dumping ground after they got a call from a livery driver who reported that he drove a man fitting Gorbunova's son's description there. And inside the car with him? was a putrid-smelling garbage can.

"That's horrible," neighbor Katherine Laino said. "I can't believe that happened here. I can't believe that happened anywhere, actually."

Worried neighbors said Gorbunova lived in her building for decades, and they hope police will be able to find answers soon.

"Probably he needs some medical help," neighbor Maria Guth said. "Don't know who in their right mind would do that to their mother."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

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