The Israeli man whose body was found on a beach in Sinai on Thursday did not die from a gunshot wound, the Abu Kabir forensics laboratory announced Monday after an initial forensic examination.
Zohar Shneur, 43, a taxi driver from Hadera, was found dead by Egyptian authorities on a beach near Sheikh Zuweid, close to el-Arish in the northern Sinai, and his body delivered to Israel Friday.
The Hadera police stated it was pursuing several possible leads that could shed light on the circumstances of Zohar’s mysterious death.
Prior reports had indicated that Zohar may have been the victim of foul play. According to the Egyptian daily al-Masry al-Yom, Egyptian security sources believed the man was shot and fell overboard from a boat in the Mediterranean and later washed up on the Sinai coast.
The Israel Police said the body fit 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. Witnesses said that he was seen on board the Haifa-bound ship until the day before it was due to dock.
After Zohar was not found on board, family members filed a missing persons report. The man’s cab was found parked at the Haifa port.
Gabe Fisher contributed to this report.