The body of a female American tourist, bound and with
multiple stab wounds, was found Sunday near a road outside Jerusalem, police
Her friend, a naturalized Israeli originally from the
U.K., had reported her missing a day earlier after the two were attacked. She,
too, had been bound and stabbed, but managed to escape her assailants,
according to police.
She told police the two had been hiking in a nearby
forest when they were assaulted by two Arab men and her friend was dragged
The woman’s disappearance set off a large-scale hunt by
police and military in the wooded hills outside Jerusalem.
Before the body was found, police had been investigating
other scenarios for how the crime might have unfolded. The discovery of the
stabbed and bound body, however, reinforced the possibility that militants may
have been involved, police said.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the dead woman was
an American but had no further details. The Israeli press identified the dead
woman as Christine Logan. Her hometown was not immediately available.
Her friend, according to the press, is Kaye Susan Wilson.
Police said there were no signs she had been sexually assaulted or robbed.
As of late morning, no suspects were in custody.
Dr. Yuval Weiss, director of Hadassah Hospital in
Jerusalem, told Army Radio he expected Wilson would be released within several
Police said Wilson told them she managed to escape her
assailants by pretending she was dead. Afterward, she made it to a parking area
where other people alerted authorities.
This would not be the first time that hikers were
attacked and killed.
In 2007, two off-duty soldiers were shot and killed while
hiking in the West Bank. In the 1990s, four Israeli hikers were killed in two
separate attacks in the West Bank.