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Two young women were found murdered Tuesday, one in the north and one in the center of the country. But while one of the cases appeared to be open-and-shut, with a suspect apprehended almost immediately after the victim's body was discovered, the second murder left police with more questions than answers as they attempted to identify the victim.
Police arrested a 22-year-old man on Tuesday evening on suspicion of murdering an 18-yearold female student at the Jezreel Valley College.
At approximately 5:45 p.m., police received a call to their emergency hotline that a body had been discovered on the road leading to the Nir Haemek School in Afula. The victim, Ethiopian immigrant Almadhai Baru of Petah Tikva lived in the dormitories at the school. The suspect, originally from the center of the country, also resided in the dormitories.
Amakim Subdistrict police said that the victim had suffered multiple stab wounds. They believed the murder was a crime of passion, but said that they could not be certain of the motive until questioning of the suspect was completed.
Earlier Tuesday, the body of an unidentified young woman was discovered in the Ben Shemen Forest near Modi'in. A man who was walking in the forest and gathering flowers came across the body in the morning and alerted police.
Top police officers from the Central District, including the Shfela Subdistrict commander, arrived on the scene, receiving technical support from a special mobile forensics laboratory.
A senior police officer from the Shfela Subdistrict said that the nature of the victim's wounds ruled out any cause of death other than homicide. The officer said that, while police were investigating all possible leads, the evidence on the scene indicated that the murder was probably not terror-related.
A gag order was placed on most details surrounding the case, and police said that they were working to identify the victim.