An Israeli man found dead on a Mediterranean Sinai beach on Thursday appears to have been the victim of foul play.

Army Radio reported that according to Israel police the body, identified as that of Samuel Zohar, 43, fits a missing persons description of someone who was en route from Cyprus to Haifa by boat, but was not on board when the boat arrived in Israel.

According to Egyptian daily al-Masry al-Yom, Egyptian security sources believe the man was shot and fell overboard from a boat in the Mediterranean and later washed up on the Sinai coast.

The victim has been identified as a taxi driver from Hadera, according to a Yedioth Ahronoth report. Witnesses said that he was seen on board the Haifa-bound ship until the day before it was due to dock.

After he was not found on board, family members filed a missing persons report. The man’s cab was found parked at the Haifa port.
The body was transferred to Israel on Friday and an initial forensic report was expected to be released on Sunday.

The family delivered DNA samples to police and gave its consent for an autopsy.