Breakthrough in 1998 Rape-Murder Case

Noa Eyal, 17, waited for a bus in Jerusalem after watching a movie - her body was found in a forest.

Orly Harari,

Noa Eyal z"l
Noa Eyal z"l
Courtesy of the family

The Jerusalem Police have reached a breakthrough in the investigation of the abduction, rape and murder of Noa Eyal in 1998. She was 17.

Details of the breakthrough are under a gag order.

In late February of 1998, Eyal left a movie theater in central Jerusalem and walked toward Davidka Square with her friend, Eldad Bribrum. She waited for a bus and parted ways with Bribrum, who went to another station to wait for the bus that would take him to his home in Ma'ale Adumim.

She never returned home, however. The next day, a search for her was launched and her body was found in the Ramot Forest in northern Jerusalem.

Investigators could find no clues to lead them to the murderer except for DNA that was found on the body. 

A local Jerusalem newspaper violated a gag order on the case soon after the murder and revealed that a taxi driver said that he saw Eyal get into a white Ford Escort car that had numerous stickers on its back window, including one for the Golani Brigade. A police investigator has blamed that publication for torpedoing the investigation.