Rose. No signs of violence
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Mother Marie. Did not ask for body
Photo: Yariv Katz
Grandfather Ronny. Indictment near?
Photo: Yariv Katz

Rose autopsy: Cause of death cannot be determined

In spite of expectations, postmortem on body of four-year-old child whose remains were found in Yarkon River fails to shed light on reasons which led to her death, as 'no signs of violence discovered.' Police stress, however, that decision to indict Rose's grandfather, mother will be made by Thursday

The Institute of Forensic Medicine in Tel Aviv on Saturday night completed the autopsy on the body of four-year-old Rose Pizem, whose remains were found in a suitcase in the Yarkon River, but failed to determine the cause of the child's death.


Police believe, however, that a decision to indict Rose's grandfather, Ronny Ron, and her mother, Marie-Charlotte Renault, will be made by Thursday.


The Institute of Forensic Medicine reported that the autopsy and examinations were completed, but that the police had asked for additional tests.


"No bone fractures or other signs of violence were found which could testify to the reasons for Rose's death," the Institute said in a statement.


The investigation into the murder case is being observed by Attorney Rachel Avisar from the Central District Prosecutor's Office, and police believe that a decision on an indictment against Rose's grandfather and mother, who are romantically involved, will be made by the end of the week.


No requests for burial

As far as the Institute for Forensic Medicine is concerned, Rose's body could be released for burial, but the police have reportedly received no official requests to bury the child.


"This is not our decision to make. The family must make a decision on the matter," a police official said.

Suitcase with Rose's remains (Photo: George Ginsburg)


A police source said that "it is still unclear where the body will be buried, in Israel or in France, as we have yet to receive an appeal from the family members asking for the body's release, neither from the relatives in France nor from the relatives in Israel.


"We mustn't forget that Rose has a father and grandmothers living in France, a great grandmother living in Israel and a mother and grandfather arrested on suspicion of murdering her," the source said.


The police official estimated that the place of burial will eventually be discussed in court.


"From what we have learned about this family and the things going on in it, we believe that this question will also have to be resolved in a court of law, but this entire issue is not the police's concern," he said.


Rose's great grandmother, Vivien Yaakov, is represented in Israel by Attorney Adi Hadar, who refused to say whether she would ask to bury Rose in Israel.


All Hadar agreed to say was that "when the police inform us that Rose can be brought to burial, we will make our stance known to the police. We must not forget the father and grandmothers in France."


Rose's paternal grandmother recently said that she would like to bury her granddaughter in France, but both she and Rose's father are not represented by an Israeli lawyer and have not filed a request with the police to receive Rose's body.


The police have also said that the lawyer of Rose's mother and grandfather, who are suspected of murdering her, has yet to ask for the body and has not referred to the issue.


A police official clarified, however, that "whatever the family decides will happen."


Meital Yasur-Beit Or contributed to this report


פרסום ראשון: 09.14.08, 07:06
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