Man suspected of murdering his friend, dumping body in trash
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Man suspected of murdering his friend, dumping body in trash

Police arrest suspect in case of remains found at Hiriya site; victim identified as Belarusian immigrant from Ramat Gan

An undated photo of Artyom Vilov, 37, whose body was found on December 31, 2017, at the Hiriya recycling site in central Israel. (Courtesy of the family)
An undated photo of Artyom Vilov, 37, whose body was found on December 31, 2017, at the Hiriya recycling site in central Israel. (Courtesy of the family)

A 30-year-old man was arrested last week on suspicion of murdering his friend and dumping his body at the Hiriya recycling site in central Israel, an Israeli court cleared for publication on Tuesday.

Police confirmed that the man, an unnamed resident of Ramat Gan, outside Tel Aviv, was arrested on suspicion of murder, and said that on January 10 his remand was extended by a week. He is expected be brought before the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court Wednesday to further extend his detention while authorities continue their investigation.

The victim, whose body was found on December 31 in advanced stages of decomposition, was identified as 37-year-old Artyom Vilov, a butcher from Ramat Gan who had immigrated to Israel from Belarus.

The suspect was identified as Ron Nahum, a friend of Vilov’s who apparently committed the murder out of jealousy over his friend’s romantic relationship with a woman they knew.

The entrance to the Hiriya waste processing plant in central Israel, taken on September 19, 2008. (Shnili/Creative Commons)

Police said that Nahum shot Vilov dead in his apartment and dragged his body to a nearby dumpster.

A garbage truck then transported the body to Hiriya, without the employees noticing. Officers were able to obtain security camera footage of Nahum dragging the dead body, police said.

In December, police said the dead man was found in a recycling container as it was being emptied.

A crane operator who found the body told the Ynet news news site, “I was called over because something was blocking the ramp. I looked into the ramp and I thought I saw clothes so I went into the container, I pulled at it and a man came out.”

Hiriya is a massive public landfill that was used as a dumping site from the 1950s until 2000. It has since been reopened as the Ariel Sharon Park and is eventually planned to feature green spaces, bike paths, ponds, camp sites and more.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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