(photo credit: Courtesy the Halabi family )
Additional human bones were found Wednesday morning near the site where IDF
soldier Majdi Halabi’s remains were found in September, Israel Police
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that IDF search teams
combing the area on Wednesday found entire human bones that had gone undetected
when a Daliat al-Carmel resident and forestry worker found the missing IDF
soldier’s remains nearby in September.
Rosenfeld said that police are
working under the assumption that the remains are most likely that of Halabi,
and were moved by wind, wildlife or something else before the rest of his
remains were found. He added that the bones were in a highly advanced state of
decay, just like the remains of Halabi, who had been missing for over seven
years when he was found in September.
Still, all possibilities are being
examined, Rosenfeld said, including that the remains could be that of a
At the moment the bones undergoing forensic
examinations, he added.
Police from the Coastal District are still
working to determine what led to Halabi’s death and have not currently ruled out
either murder or suicide, Rosenfeld said.
Halabi’s family has dismissed
outright the possibility that their son committed suicide, and maintain that his
killing was nationally motivated.
Halabi vanished without a trace in May
2005 while traveling from his home to his base in Tirat Carmel, south of Haifa.
He was last seen at a bus station in his hometown of Daliat al-Carmel, located
on the slopes of Mount Carmel and southeast of Haifa. In September of this year
his remains were found by a childhood friend who was clearing brush in the
Carmel Forest, a little over a kilometer from Halabi’s family home.
years the IDF and police led a search across Israel for Halabi, and also chased
down leads in the Arab world. Until news of his death was announced, there was
an outstanding $10 million reward for information leading to his whereabouts.