Jerusalem's Gilo neighborhood. (photo credit: Uri Lenz/Flash 90)

An elderly woman aged about 80 was found dead in her Jerusalem apartment on Thursday night after her son reported her missing earlier in the day.

Police broke into the woman’s apartment, located in the capital’s south-eastern neighborhood of Gilo, through the window. They then located her meticulously hidden corpse, which showed signs of violence.

A 61-year-old homeless man whom the woman had allowed to live in her home for the past month was arrested on suspicion of beating her to death.

Earlier in the day, firefighters had attempted to search for the woman’s body but couldn’t find it, as it was hidden so well. Police subsequently spotted the suspect, a Russian immigrant, running into the apartment and locking himself inside.