A body which was found, Thursday, next to Beit Lechem Haglilit was that of 37-year-old Maria Zubaydat of the nearby lower Galilee village of Basmat Tab'un who had been missing since late last week, when her two-year-old daughter was found wandering along the Ibtin-Tel Regev highway. Authorities took the girl to Rambam Hospital in Haifa. She was released at the start of the week.
Police suspect Maria was the victim of an "honor killing". Ahmad Zubaydat, about 22, was arrested on suspicion of involvement in Maria's disappearance about the time the story unfolded. His remand has been extended twice in the Magistrates Court of the Krayot suburbs of northern Haifa.