Rescue crews working to recover tourist’s body in Ein Gedi
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Rescue crews working to recover tourist’s body in Ein Gedi

The victim, a woman of about 60 missing since Tuesday, found dead in an area closed to hikers

Israelis hike in the Nahal Arugot valley near Ein Gedi region during the Passover holiday, April 5, 2015. (Photo credit: Edi Israel/FLASH90)
Israelis hike in the Nahal Arugot valley near Ein Gedi region during the Passover holiday, April 5, 2015. (Photo credit: Edi Israel/FLASH90)

Ein Gedi rescue crews, police officers and employees of the Nature and Parks Authority were working to recover the body of a female tourist of about 60 that was found Wednesday morning in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve.

The Hebrew-language news site Ynet reported that a Parks Authority inspector found the hiker’s body near a waterfall in an area closed to hikers.

Searches had been under way for the tourist since Tuesday, when park officials were notified that she was missing.

Parks Authority officials believe the woman fell to her death after stepping off a marked trail.

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