Bedouin woman (right) with camel (left).
Bedouin woman (right) with camel (left). iStock

Israeli police have solved the case of young Bedouin woman Hanan Albakhiri's disappearance, a resident of Lakiya, who was last seen on May 3rd this year.

The police investigation revealed that three members of her family allegedly kidnapped her on the night of her disappearance, murdered her, burned her body, and buried her near their home in Giv'ot Goral. An indictment will be filed against the family members today.

The police came into the picture when Albakhiri's mother informed them of the absence of her 20-year-old daughter. The mother said that her daughter called at around 21:00 saying she was near the Lakiya Council building and on her way home. When she failed to return home, her mother tried unsuccessfully to contact her.

In her testimony, the mother added that her husband's brother "took responsibility" for the family from the day on which she was widowed, and that he and two other brothers of her late husband were suspected of being responsible for Hanan's disappearance.

Upon receipt of the complaint, the police opened an investigation into the circumstances of the young woman's disappearance and began extensive searches to locate her.

At an early stage of the investigation, there was reasonable suspicion that Albakhiri was no longer alive, so parallel to the extensive searches, investigators and police "gathered evidence and intelligence using technological and other means" to identify a clue that would lead to the arrest of suspects and decipher the whereabouts of Hanan's body.

The investigation went into the open stage after about three weeks when interrogators arrested six family members of the missing woman, whose detention was extended periodically. The investigation revealed that the uncle of the young woman who had taken her under his wing, his son, and another uncle had planned to abduct and murder her for not listening to their instructions.

On the night of Albakhiri's disappearance, they located her near her home, forced her into their car and continued to "investigate" her in their home in Giv'ot Goral, where they murdered her, burned her body, and then buried her near their home.

On May 26, police investigators aided by canine units located Albakhiri's body next to the suspect's house at a depth of more than three meters below the ground.

"At the end of a determined and highly professional operation, and after establishing the evidentiary infrastructure, indictments will be filed today," said the police statement.