Germany: Missing Israeli feared dead as police intensify searches
Report by German paper says local police enlarging search force in bid to find Yam Levy – missing Israeli girl feared dead in Germany. Report notes two additional cases of missing female travelers in area, says unclear whether connection exists
German paper Augsburger Allgemeine reported that a special German investigation team has been formed to find Yam Levy, from the Modiin area, who embarked on a trip to southern Germany in early September but has been unaccounted for since last Tuesday.
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According to the report, the team will include mountain climbers, dogs and a search and rescue helicopter, and will arrive at the alpine city of Oberstdorf where Levy was last seen.
Missing: Yam Levy
In addition to reporting about Levy, the sad fate of another missing traveler became public Thursday. According to local police, a 25-year-old from Meiningen (Germany) was found in the same region in which Levy was last seen. Investigators deemed her death a suicide, but nonetheless her body was sent for an autopsy.
It is yet unclear whether the two cases are connected or share a connection with an additional missing person case – this time of a 21-year-old from Austria who also went missing in the area.
Robert Graff, the local police spokesperson, told the paper that it is possible that Levy fell to her death after hiking along the mountain. "It is possible that she did not have to much experience mountain climbing," he said.
Meanwhile a new testimony regarding Levy has been revealed after a man named Earl Weis reported seeing Levy. "I spoke with her while she was traveling in the area," the man said, adding that "afterwards, I met her again in a restaurant and she decided to go in the direction of Solberg."
'Not like her to be out of touch for so long'
"She did not return to her hostel on Tuesday and did not contact her family," one of her friends said. "We haven't heard from her since. She booked her hotels from Israel, it's not like her to be out of touch for so long."
The friend added that Yam's last activity on her Whatsapp application was on September 10. "She used a local SIM card to go online but it hasn't been used since. According to the people from the hostel, she was last seen hanging out with two young men and a German girl."
Yam's parents flew to Germany on Friday before Yom Kippur to search for their daughter. The family has also opened a Facebook page hoping to reach anyone with information on her whereabouts or clues as to where she might have gone.
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