The body of a 16-year-old Bedouin girl was discovered on Sunday in a well in a community located in the Kuseife area in south Israel. Her father filed a missing person's complaint in the morning and said he feared she may have fallen into a well.
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Following an extensive search by police officers, the body was found after the well had been emptied of water.
Well in which body was found (Photo: Yisrael Yosef)
Police have launched an investigation into the circumstances of the girl's death, and her body was transferred to the Abu Kabir Institute of Forensic Medicine. Police are not ruling out the possibility that her death was accidental, but said foul play is not being ruled out either. No arrests have been made as of yet, although the father may be taken in for questioning at some point.
"The circumstances of the girl's death are unclear," Negev District Police Chief Peretz Amar said.
Two years ago a 16-year-old boy from Hadera fell into a 20-meter (about 67 feet) deep well and was critically injured. In October 2009 a couple fell into a well after entering a structure north of Netanya for unknown reasons. The man was killed and the woman sustained severe wounds.