Security forces search for missing soldier

IDF sources believe personal circumstances, not kidnapping behind disappearance.

March 4, 2012 16:20
Eshel Zilberstein

Eshel Zilberstein. (photo credit: Courtesy / Israel Police)


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Police and the IDF have launched an extensive search for a missing soldier who failed to show up at his base on Sunday morning.

The Air Force cadet, named as Eshel Zilberstein, lives in northern Israel, and was supposed to be at the Hatzerim base on Sunday. He was last seen near at a shopping mall near Beit Yanai Junction, north of Netanya.

Army sources say all directions are being checked, but suspect that the disappearance is linked to personal circumstances rather than kidnapping.

Zilberstein was on leave, and was expected back at the Hatzerim airbase in southern Israel.

Police scrambled a helicopter to assist search efforts on the ground.

Hundreds of police, backed by sniffer dogs, and soldiers are assisting in the search.

Zilberstein was last seen wearing an Air Force jacket, blue jeans, and blue sneakers with yellow and white stripes. He was carrying a bright blue black pack.

The soldier is one meter and seventy-five-centimeters tall.

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