The body of a U.S. citizen who had been reported missing while hiking in the Eilat Mountains region, has been found yesterday, following an intensive search, Israel Police confirmed.
Army and police forces, including members of the Eilat-Eilot police rescue unit, a drone unit, and a police helicopter, alongside IDF trackers, searched for hours on Saturday for the unidentified missing hiker.
Yesterday afternoon, a body was located in a ravine at Har Shlomo, hundreds of feet down. The members of the police rescue unit managed to reach the young man by foot and found that he was not breathing and had no pulse, apparently because of a fall, and was no longer alive.
Due to the nature of the terrain and location where the body was found, the rescuers could not remove it from the area, and therefore police requested the assistance of an IDF helicopter and rescue unit.
On Sunday morning, the elite 669 unit arrived and spent hours recovering the body.
Israel Police opened an investigation into the cause of death; Initial investigations raise no suspicions of criminal activity. The body will be sent to the Institute of Forensic Medicine for identification and further investigation into the cause of death.