Body found near Bedouin village during search for missing Israeli

The body was discovered during the eleventh day of searches conducted by police in hopes of finding Sapir Nahum, a 24-year-old Acre resident who disappeared without a trace on June 2.

 Police officers and volunteers search for Sapir Nahum, 24, who disappeared on June 2, 2022. (photo credit: ISRAEL POLICE SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)
Police officers and volunteers search for Sapir Nahum, 24, who disappeared on June 2, 2022.
(photo credit: ISRAEL POLICE SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)

A lifeless body was found by Israel Police officers in the Bedouin village of Ibtin in northern Israel on Sunday, Israel Police have reported.

The body was discovered at the bottom of an old well during the eleventh day of searches conducted by police in hopes of finding Sapir Nahum, a 24-year-old Acre resident and mother of a two-year-old girl, who disappeared without a trace a week and a half ago.

Nahum was last seen entering her former partner's car on June 2. The ex-partner, 34-year-old Wahl Halayla, is the main suspect in her disappearance.

Police have yet to identify the body. However, the chief of Israel Police's Acre station was seen entering the Nahum family house on Sunday, shortly after the body was discovered. 

MK Itamar Ben Gvir (Religious Zionists) also visited the family home on Sunday evening.

 24-year-old Sapir Nahum, who webt missing on June 2, 2022. (credit: COURTESY ISRAEL POLICE) 24-year-old Sapir Nahum, who webt missing on June 2, 2022. (credit: COURTESY ISRAEL POLICE)

A potential case of domestic violence

Halayla has a criminal background and is known to police as having been involved in illegal guns, drugs and violent activity.

He was arrested on June 3 after admitting that he had met Nahum but denying that he had anything to do with her disappearance. He was released shortly after but was then arrested again on June 4 after police observed him behaving suspiciously, and has been in custody since, and a gag order was placed on the case.

The two had a troubled relationship, and Nahum was in the process of suing Halayla for child support before she disappeared.  

The body was found just a day after a 51-year-old woman was stabbed to death in Haifa, with the main suspect being her 54-year-old husband.