JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Israeli policemen who were on a routine patrol in the Meron vicinity stumbled upon bones in a cave in the region on Thursday, a police spokesperson said Friday morning.
A police forensics team was dispatched to the cave to examine the remains, which were then transferred to the Abu Kabir forensics lab for a more comprehensive analysis and DNA testing.
Police say it is unclear yet whether the remains are from a human or an animal.
There are currently three open cases of missing persons who were last seen in or around the Mount Meron area.
Moishe Kleinerman, a 16-year-old boy from Modi’in Illit, was last seen in the Mount Meron area before he vanished on March 25th, 2022.
Thirty-seven-year-old Moshe Eliezer Ilovitch, who disappeared in May 2019, was also last seen at Mount Meron.
Last November, 60-year-old Rafael Haim Haddad, a resident of the city of Tzfat was declared missing. He was last seen some five miles east of Mount Meron.
Police stressed that the current estimate is that the remains discovered are not related to Kleinerman and added that “this publicity causes anguish to his family.”