The body of a woman in her 20s with signs of violence against her was found in an open area near the city of Rehovot by local police officers on Thursday morning.
Police suspect the young woman did not die where she was found but that she was brought there after she was killed.
The main suspect in the case – a resident of Bat Yam in his 20s – was arrested near his home and taken into police custody.
Police intend to bring him to a hearing at the Magistrate’s Court on Friday, with a request to extend his remand in accordance with the needs of the investigation and its findings.
What do we know so far?
Police are conducting several investigative operations in the Rehovot area and its surroundings, collecting various forensic evidence.
The body was found by a citizen who said he stopped on the side of the road to relieve himself.
Medical officials pronounced her dead upon arriving at the scene.
“When we arrived at the scene we joined the police forces. The woman was without a pulse and not breathing, and after medical tests we had to determine her death,” according to Magen David Adom paramedic Meir Walder.
Rehovot Station Commander Ch.-Supt. Dodi Miron said police received the first report about the discovery of the body at around 5 a.m. on Thursday.
“Rehovot Police arrived at the scene, began an investigation, and it was decided that it would later be assigned to the Central Police Unit,” Miron said.
After a situational assessment by Central Police District head Asst.-Ch. Avi Biton, it was determined that the investigation would be conducted by the Central Police Unit as a top priority, a police statement said.