Police are waiting for the results of the autopsy and for a final identification in order to determine the cause of death. Egyptian newspaper al-Masry al-Youm reported over the weekend that the man had been shot dead. .
The man, a taxi driver, went on a leisure cruise to Cyprus three weeks ago, but did not get off the ship after its return to Israel. His belongings remained on board. Following his absence, a complaint was filed wth the Haifa Police.
Boat near El Arish (Archive photo: Reuters)
The police launched an investigation into the incident after learning of the man's disappearance, collecting testimonies from the ship's crew and other passengers and checking security cameras.
The man was reportedly seen in the ship's bar and pool area a day before the ship docked at Haifa Port.
The body was discovered by Egyptian authorities and was transferred to Israel on Friday. It was taken to Abu Kabir Forensic Institute, where the circumstances of death are being examined.
Police officials said there was a chance that the man had fallen off the ship and drowned and his body had been swept to the Sinai beach.
"He went on a cruise and never came back. The police are investigating the issue," a family relative told Ynet.
The man's taxi is still parked at the Haifa Port.
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