Hope turned to tragedy on Tuesday after a missing American tourist was found
dead in the industrial area of Beit She’an, following the authorities’
exhaustive nationwide search for the man.
Police said there were no signs
of violence on Herman Kuehn’s body and that they will soon perform an autopsy to
determine the cause of death.
Kuehn, a Missouri native, was last seen at
12 p.m. on Friday at the site of ancient ruins in Beit She’an, which he was
visiting with his wife and fellow tourists.
“We’ve widened the search to
other areas, including Tiberias, Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, and other tourist
attraction centers,” Beit She’an police station chief Dep.- Cmdr. Ran Ofir told
The Jerusalem Post
Ofir said the police teams included mounted
police units, Border Police and IDF soldiers.
“His health was generally
good. He did, however, have an accident a few years ago which resulted in him
being confused at times,” Reverend Mike Graves, one of two seminary professors
leading a group of American seminarians and church members around the country,
told the Post on Monday.
Kuehn’s family was notified of the news, Graves
told the Post on Tuesday.
“[They] are very sad but at the same time
relieved that they have closure and can begin the grieving
Kuehn’s wife Mary and the other tour group members “are holding
up as best they can. She of course appreciates everyone’s love and prayers,”