A Beersheba resident in her 30s was found dead in her home on Thursday morning. Police detained her husband for questioning on suspicion he beheaded her. The victim's head was found buried in the city.
An initial investigation indicates that the husband, 42, a Prison Service guard, had called the police from outside his home and claimed that he and his wife had attempted suicide.
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Police forces called to the scene found the woman's body. In another room, the couple's three kids, ages 2, 6 and 7, were found unharmed and sleeping. Police suspect the husband locked his children in the room before murdering his wife.
Police outside murder scene (Photo: Eliad Levy)
The suspect was found drunk near the detention facility where he works a short time later. After questioning the couple's neighbors, police learned that there were no previous reports of family violence. Their children were placed under child services' care.
Victim's body taken from murder scene (Photo: Eliad Levy)
One of the couple's neighbors said she was not aware of any problems between the two. "They were a quiet couple, she said. "The father took good care of the children. It's so bizarre."
Another neighbor noted, "My husband works with the woman's husband. How could he do something like that? They're a normative family. There was no indication."
The Prison Service said the suspect joined the service in 2006 and is respected among his peers.
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