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.
“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?”
ראש המועצה האזורית שומרון יוסי דגן: "אישה יקרה מלאה בטוב, יוצאת בצוהרי היום לפעילות ספורטיבית דקה מהבית שלה – מול אילו ברברים אנחנו עומדים? עם ישראל ינצח, לא תשברו אותנו"@carmeldangor pic.twitter.com/taxz7dMYTW
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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)