Moishe Kleinerman
Moishe Kleinermanpicture used with permission of family

The police have arrested two suspects in the disappearance of 16-year-old Moishe Kleinerman, who went missing after visiting Meron on Lag B'Omer, it was cleared for publication Tuesday.

The suspects' detention has been extended by six days from today.

As the case is still subject to a gag order, the only available details about the suspects are that they were arrested seperately from each other.

Kleinerman is from the city of Modi'in Illit. He disappeared from near the gravesite of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai in Meron 122 days ago.

On Tuesday morning, it was reported that there had been an additional development in the investigation.

Kleinerman's family said that "the investigating unit is in continuous contact with the parents and keeps them informed about the progress of the investigation. We see a deep commitment on the part of all those involved in the case, starting from the level of the commissioner, the district commander, the head of the District Attorney's Office, to the last police officer of the investigating unit. We trust the police to take whatever action is necessary to locate Moishe, who has been missing for 122 days, and bring him home. Accordingly, we demand that the issue not be dropped from the agenda."

Chen Hollander, the lawyer of one of the suspects, said that "In my opinion, this arrest is a completely unnecessary arrest, it is part of a fishing expedition taken as part of an investigation that did not start today, and I very much hope that my client will be released from custody as soon as possible. This is a case that did not begin one or two days ago. I believe that, as in past cases, my client will also be released from custody very quickly and this case will be behind him soon.""

Roee Attias, the lawyer of the other suspect, said: "I am very sorry for this arrest. Already from the arrest warrant it can be understood that the suspect I represent is in no way connected to the disappearance of the boy, but on the contrary - he did everything he could to help with the information he had in order to find him. There is no I have no doubt that the suspicions will be cleared up and soon he will be released with the understanding that he had no hand or foot in this matter."