Body found in Tel Aviv; police suspect it’s missing woman
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Body found in Tel Aviv; police suspect it’s missing woman

Sivan Lavi went missing after her son died last week

A picture of Sivan Lavi released by police on April 8, 2017. (Israel Police)
A picture of Sivan Lavi released by police on April 8, 2017. (Israel Police)

Police assessed Sunday that a body found at a building site in Tel Aviv was likely that of a woman who disappeared from her home days after her son died.

An initial investigation indicated that the body is that of Sivan Lavi, 46, from Givatayim.

Hundreds of volunteers and police had searched the Tel Aviv area for Lavi, who went missing Saturday, days after her 12-year-old son died in an accident.

The body was found a construction site on on Yigal Alon Steet in Tel Aviv, apparently after the women jumped to her death from the roof of a building.

Police and Magen David Adom paramedics were at the scene.

The scene on a building site in Tel Aviv where a woman's body was found, Aprial 9, 2017. (MDA spokesperson)
The scene on a building site in Tel Aviv where a woman’s body was found, Aprial 9, 2017. (MDA spokesperson)

Police had appealed for the public’s assistance in their search for Sivan Lavi, amid concern for her life.

A force of over 150 police officers and volunteers combed the city for Lavi, who left her mother’s Givatayim apartment Saturday morning, in what police described as a distraught state.

Lavi and her son were lightly injured in a house fire in the Kiryat Haim neighborhood of Tel Aviv on Tuesday. The two returned to the damaged apartment two days later, where they were apparently exposed to toxic chemicals released as a result of the fire.

After Lavi didn’t make contact for several hours, her mother came to the apartment and found her daughter in a confused state and her grandson unconscious.

Paramedics pronounced the 12-year-old dead at the scene, while Lavi was taken to Ichilov Hospital with light injuries.

Police said Lavi was not a suspect in the death of her son.

The search for Lavi extended from Givatayim to Tel Aviv, and focused around the area of the Ariel Sharon Park.

Coordinating the volunteer search efforts was Tel Aviv City Council member Ophira Yochanan-Wolk, who told the Ynet news website that “over 150 volunteers showed up in the first wave.

“Later in the evening, even more volunteers came to help search the parks around the grandmother’s house in Givatayim,” she said.

The body of Lavi’s son will undergo an autopsy at the Abu Kabir Medical center to determine the cause of his death. Authorities suspect he died from smoke inhalation or exposure to a toxic substance.

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