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 Monday.

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 process.”

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,” Graves added.

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