The body of a 22-year-old Israeli Tamar Shahak was found Sunday in the southern Peruvian city of Arequipa. The Foreign Ministry said local police, in cooperation with Interpol, are looking into the circumstances of her death and suspect criminal activity.
Police are examining the possibility that Shahak, who recently completed her military service with the Army Radio unit, was killed during a mugging. Her family in Bnei Brak has been notified.
The Israeli embassy in Lima is working to expedite the transfer of her body to Israel for burial, but the investigation is delaying the process.
Assaf Chernils, who served with Shahak at Army Radio, said "Tamar was an active person, very friendly and warmhearted. After her release she worked for a short while at Walla (website), and a few months ago embarked on a long trip in South America."
Another one of Shahak's former colleagues, Gil Englestein, said "this is a horrible tragedy for the family and for everyone. She was a charming woman and it's hard to believe this happened; everyone is shocked."
Arequipa is located 1,300 kilometers (808 miles) south of Lima the capital, and is the second largest city in the country. The city and its surroundings are considered a popular tourist attraction.
Four months ago the body of 28-year-old Israeli tourist Asher Green was found by a farmer in the same region.