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A body that washed up on the coast of Netanya on Saturday belongs to Radni
Cohen, a 26-year-old man who fell off the cruise ship Mirage 1 near the coast of
Cyprus last week.
Though the body was discovered several days ago, its
physical condition made it difficult for forensic experts to determine identity.
On Wednesday, officials from the Institute of Forensic Medicine at Abu Kabir
released a statement announcing the identification.
Cohen, a resident of
Mevaseret Zion, was reported missing late last Monday after his father went to
the police saying he had found a suicide note and asked that the ship be
searched. After those participating in the onboard search failed to find him,
the ship’s captain called for assistance from the Cyprus coast guard and turned
the ship around in an attempt to find the missing man. The maritime search,
which included Cypriot, Israeli and UN forces failed to find the missing man and
was called off after 18 hours.
The body was discovered by passersby on
the Netanya beach and transferred to Abu Kabir. According to police sources it
was in advanced stages of decomposition.
According to Channel 2, all
Cohen left behind was a short note reading “I love you, my car is parked at the
mall,” alongside his bank account details.
His sister told reporters that
he was a loner and had no friends.
According to his Facebook page, Cohen
worked as an English and math tutor. He cited his interests as philosophy,
physics and psychology