Esther Horgan
Esther Horgan Courtesy of the family

A woman in her 50s was found dead with signs of violence on her body in the Shaked forest in northern Samaria overnight Sunday.

The woman's family reported to police that she was missing. Magen David Adom paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene.

Police have launched an investigation into the circumstances of the incident. A nationalist motive is suspected.

The victim has been identified as 52-year-old Esther Horgan, a mother of six from the northern Samaria town of Tal Menashe.

MDA paramedic Assaf Tapuhi said, "When we arrived, we were led to a place where a 52-year-old woman lay unconscious, we performed medical tests, she was not breathing, without a pulse and without any signs of life and within a short time we had to pronounce her dead."

Samaria Regional Council Chief Yossi Dagan called the victim "A wonderful woman, full of goodness, who went out in the middle of the day to exercise near her home. What kind of savages are we up against? Israel will triumph, they won't break us."

זירת הרצח אהוד אמיתון, TPS