Breakthrough in Shelly Dadon Murder Imminent?

'Developments' reported in investigation may lead police to solving the case soon, although details still under gag order.

Ari Yashar ,

Shelly Dadon Hy''d
Shelly Dadon Hy''d
Courtesy of the Dadon Family

The Israeli police have reportedly made new developments in the investigation of the murder of Shelly Dadon Hy''d, the 19-year-old from Afula who was found murdered on May 1 after being on her way to a job interview.

Walla! reported that it received information on Monday morning that in recent days there have been "certain developments" in the investigation, adding that the revelations may possibly lead police to solving the case soon.

Details of the developments are still under a media gag order.

Over a month has passed since the murder, with police reportedly as in the dark as ever regarding even the motive of the murder, until these latest developments.

Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich announced "dramatic developments" in the investigation on Memorial Day, just days after the murder, when he met with Dadon's family.

Aharonovich reversed his statement that the murder was soon to be explained mere days later, when he said her murder might not be nationalistically motivated.

The comments came while touring the Israeli-Arab city of Umm el-Fahm, the site of alleged “price tag” vandalism which he strongly denounced. The minister's choice of venue was seen as less than sensitive, since Dadon's grieving relatives had already pointed to the fact that politicians seem to be far more concerned with the “price tag” attacks, which involve no injuries, than with the savage murder of Shelly.

The following day Aharonovich apologized to the Dadon family for his statements; indeed his perceived mismanagement was criticized last month by a senior official, who called Aharonovich a "catastrophe."

Dadon was found with stab wounds on her body. She apparently was in the middle of a phone call with her cousin at the time of the murder.

While on the phone, Shelly said "there is someone scary here, I'm being strangled!" Shelly appeared to be referring to a woman [extrapolated from Hebrew grammar - ed.].