A woman was exhumed from her grave in Tel Aviv after police began to suspect that she was killed by her boyfriend and did not die a natural death as originally determined, it was revealed for publication on Sunday.
Mira Peled, 50, was found dead at her home in Tel Aviv on November 30, 2014, paramedics ruling that she died from natural causes. The police officer in charge of the scene wrote that there was no suspicion of foul play, after the woman’s partner told them that she was suffering from cancer.
Not long after her death, Peled’s children contacted police, saying they suspect their mother was murdered by her partner, Eitan Hanani, a 60-year-old engineer from northern Tel Aviv. They told police they suspected Hanani murdered their mother in order to inherit her money, and asked that police look into her death.
The police investigation found that despite the fact that Hanani told paramedics and police that Peled was suffering from cancer, there was no record of her having the disease in her medical history.
As the undercover investigation progressed, police secured a court order allowing them to exhume the body earlier this month and take it for an autopsy at the L.
Greenberg Institute of Forensic Medicine at Abu Kabir. The cause of death has yet to be determined.
Last Tuesday, Hanani was arrested and his remand extended until Sunday, at which point his identity was cleared for publication.
On Sunday prosecutors and Hanani’s attorney agreed to extend his remand a second time until Wednesday.
Though the investigation is still ongoing, he could potentially face charges of murder in the first degree, obstruction of justice and more. He has denied the suspicions against him.