Police confirm they found body of missing woman; former partner suspected

Police said on Monday that a body found in northern Israel is that of a woman from Acre who has been missing for nearly two weeks and was feared dead.

A widespread search had been ongoing since June 2 for Sapir Nachum, a 24-year-old mother of two.

Police uncovered Nachum’s body on Sunday near the Bedouin village of Ibtin — about 25 kilometers south of Acre — an area that officials had been combing over the past few days as part of their search.

Following its discovery, the body was transferred to the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Tel Aviv for identification.

“Police worked nonstop for 11 days to find Sapir, but unfortunately the searches ended with a tragic result,” a police statement said.

It said investigators were at the scene, gathering evidence.

Israel Police conduct searches on June 5, 2022, for missing Acre mom Sapir Nachum. (Israel Police)

Police have arrested Nachum’s former boyfriend of suspicion that he murdered her, though he denies any involvement.

Earlier in the day, a court denied him bail and ordered he remain in custody until at least June 21, though he has not been charged.

The man, the father of her two young children, had been arrested before for violent offenses and vandalism.

Family members of Nachum told Israeli media that he had previously served many years in prison.

Nachum was last seen in person when she left her home on Herzl Street on June 2 with her 2-year-old daughter, whom she dropped off at daycare. She is also survived by an 8-month-old baby.

Relatives of the woman were said to fear the worst after she was later seen in security video footage entering a car belonging to the father of her children. Nachum was said to be involved in a financial dispute with her former partner.


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