Police searching for missing British tourist in southern Israel

Police searching for missing British tourist in southern Israel

Oliver McAfee, 29, last seen in November on Israel National Trail; public asked to come forward with any information

Oliver McAfee (Police Spokesperson)
Oliver McAfee (Police Spokesperson)

Police are searching for a British tourist who is believed to have gone missing in southern Israel six weeks ago, police said Tuesday.

In a statement, police said 29-year-old Oliver McAfee was last seen in late November on the Israel National Trail, a popular hiking path that traverses the country.

McAfee’s brother, who contacted The Times of Israel, said that earlier in the month, Oliver told a friend that he was in Shlomi, a town in northern Israel.

“Oliver does not have a smartphone so we cannot use GPS locate to find him,” his brother, Matthew, said in an email.

A number of his personal belongings were found on the trail and handed over to police on November 21. The items were later given to Interpol and his family.

Police said McAfee’s family submitted a missing persons case late last month.

Police, who are focusing their search efforts around Mitzpeh Ramon, said McCarthy may have entered a vehicle.

“Police in the south haven’t ruled out the possibility that he could have managed to make his way to a road in the south and possibly got into a vehicle,” according to the statement.

Police asked the public to contact its 100 line or the Dimona police station with any information regarding the whereabouts of McAfee, whom police described as skinny, with shoulder-length ginger hair, a goatee and glasses.

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