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Beachgoers find human remains at Sea of Galilee beach

Clothed decaying body of a man washed ashore onto Migdal beach, now being examined by forensic experts

Police officers are seen at Sea of Galilee's Migdal beach, near where the body of an unidentified man was found, November 13, 2021. (Courtesy)
Police officers are seen at Sea of Galilee's Migdal beach, near where the body of an unidentified man was found, November 13, 2021. (Courtesy)

The body of an unidentified man was found on a beach of the Sea of Galilee on Saturday morning, officials said.

The body was found by passersby at the Migdal beach, adjacent to the town of the same name.

“When we reached the beach, we saw near the water line the body of the man who was ejected from the water, with no vital signs, and we had no choice but to declare his death,” a senior Magen David Adom ambulance service medic said.

There were no immediate details on the identity of the body and how long ago the person was believed to have died. Images seen by The Times of Israel showed the body was in a state of advanced decay, but still clothed.

Police said the skeletal remains were taken to the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute in Tel Aviv for examination.

In September, hikers in Israel’s southern Negev desert found the remains of an unidentified person.

There are currently some 600 missing people in Israel, according to police records. Each year police process thousands of missing person reports, but the vast majority are closed within a number of days, with the individuals being found.

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