Israeli tourist goes missing in Chile
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Israeli tourist goes missing in Chile

Erez Szpakier, 24, of Tel Aviv last seen on April 18 in Puyehue National Park

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

Erez Szpakier, who went missing in Chile's Puyehue National Park on April 18, has been 'located and is on his feet.' (photo credit: Shaul Szpakier/Facebook)
Erez Szpakier, who went missing in Chile's Puyehue National Park on April 18, has been 'located and is on his feet.' (photo credit: Shaul Szpakier/Facebook)

An Israeli tourist went missing in a Chilean national park earlier this week, and his family and Israeli consular authorities have begun a search for him.

Erez Szpakier, 24, of Tel Aviv flew to South America for a post-army vacation and went backpacking with friends in Chile’s Puyehue National Park.

He ventured off alone and has not been seen or heard from since April 18.

One of Szpakier’s friend’s parents contacted the missing man’s parents in Israel, and Szpakier’s father has flown to Chile to help find his son.

Erez Szpakier’s brother, Shaul, opened a Facebook group and seeks any information that could help in finding his brother.

The Foreign Ministry reported that it is aware of a missing Israeli in Chile and that the local consulate is working to assist in his location.

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