Israeli missing for a month found dead on hiking trail in India
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Israeli missing for a month found dead on hiking trail in India

Search and rescue team finds Matan Orgad, 35, near village in Kasol area of Parvati Valley; Foreign Ministry working to return body for burial

Israeli traveler Matan Orgad, left, who died while hiking in India, December 2017. (Facebook)
Israeli traveler Matan Orgad, left, who died while hiking in India, December 2017. (Facebook)

A search and rescue team found an Israeli hiker dead Wednesday in India, a month after all contact with him was lost as he traveled in the Parvati Valley area in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh.

Matan Orgad, 35, was from Kfar Aza, a kibbutz in the Sha’ar Hanegev region of southern Israel. His parents were informed of his death.

The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi was involved in helping the rescue team locate Orgad and that the ministry was working to bring his body back to Israel for burial.

According to Hebrew media reports, a week ago friends began posting messages on social media saying they had not heard from him since the beginning of December and appealing for information from other Israeli travelers in the Parvati Valley area. His family also contacted the Migdal insurance company, which operates a search and rescue service for Israelis abroad.

Orgad had set out on a trek on December 2 after leaving his bag in a guesthouse in the Kasol area. The rescue party searched for a week in various villages in the area and eventually found his body in a river at the foot of Grahan village, the Ynet news site reported. He apparently slipped and fell to his death on a hiking trail.

A Kfar Aza resident told the Walla news site that his family had become concerned when he didn’t call to wish his mother a happy birthday.

He has an older brother and twin younger brothers, the resident said.

Last week an Israeli tourist was killed in Thailand hitting his head on a rock after jumping into a waterfall on the island of Koh Samui. The man, 28-year-old Radwan Sabihi from the village of Kafr Misr in northern Israel, died Friday while on a vacation with friends.

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