HORRIFIC MURDER: Mother Of 6 Brutally Murdered In Shomron Forest, Manhunt Underway


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A 52-year-old mother of six, a resident of Tal Menashe in the Shomron, was found dead in the Reichan forest with signs of violence on her body overnight Sunday.

The woman had left her home on Sunday at 1 p.m. to go for a run in the nature reserve in the Reichan forest, next to Tel Menashe, and never returned. When her husband failed to reach her on her phone, he contacted the police and a search began.

The search continued for hours, with the participation of volunteers from the Samaria-Jordan Valley search and rescue squad in the Yehudah Shomron Police, the IDF, Border Police, a K9 unit, and civilian volunteers.

Her body was found in the forest at about Monday morning at 1 a.m. There were signs of severe violence to her body, especially her head. MDA paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene.

The woman was later identified as Esther Horgen, an artist and marriage counselor. She left behind her husband Binyamin and six children, the youngest of whom is 13, and celebrated his Bar Mitzva only three months ago.

Illustrative. IDF during a manhunt for a Palestinian terrorist who opened fire at IDF soldiers in West Bank, February 2020. (IDF spokesperson)

“A dear woman, so full of goodness and helpful to others, went out in the afternoon to exercise a minute from her home in the center of Israel and is murdered by barbarians in such a cruel way,” said the head of the Shomron Regional Council, Yossi Dagan, on Monday morning. “What kind of savages, like those in the Middle Ages, are we facing?”

A massive manhunt for the perpetrator(s) was launched by Israeli security forces.

Israel Police has placed a gag order on the investigation of the murder.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. with all due respects, to the family of the niftar, may HaShem comfort them with those who mourn for Jerusalem and Zion, but you don’t go for a run in the forest with out a gun or another person. Arabs are everywhere.
    I used to love to walk in the Israeli forests until one time I came opposite two Arabs walking my way. Fortunately for me, they did not bother me. But don’t take chances.

  2. Women of Shomron are mobilizing tonight. They do not take this stuff lying down.
    They will not be intimidated or bowed. May HakbH bless them and protect their every step, their going and their coming, and every centimeter of our land.
    This woman is a kedosha now.

  3. Something missing from this story. The Jerusalem Post reports “The police and Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) are reportedly evaluating whether the murder might have been a terrorist attack.”

  4. Sima Batsheva, that’s routine, and commonly connected to decisions about insurance and other financial determinations, as well as what charges to bring on the perp. Trust the “smell test” on this one.