Ex-hus­band key sus­pect after woman found dead in her gar­den

Jerusalem Post - - NEWS - • By TA­MARA ZIEVE

David Chaim – the ex-hus­band of Ofira Chaim, who was found dead Tues­day in the gar­den of her home in Tel Mond two weeks after she was re­ported miss­ing – is the main sus­pect in her mur­der.

Chaim and a fe­male fam­ily mem­ber ap­peared be­fore the Pe­tah Tikva Mag­is­trates Court on Wed­nes­day. The court ex­tended his re­mand by a week, while plac­ing a sec­ond sus­pect un­der house ar­rest.

A gag or­der pro­hibits the pub­li­ca­tion of her name.

She is sus­pected of in­volve­ment in the crime but not of com­mit­ting the mur­der. Lo­cal me­dia re­ported that she had pre­vi­ously been con­victed of ut­ter­ing threats against Ofira Chaim and of as­sault­ing her.

At the court hear­ing, a po­lice rep­re­sen­ta­tive said that Chaim had con­fessed to the mur­der. His ex-wife was 54, and the mother of three daugh­ters.

Po­lice found her body in the back­yard of her home in the usu­ally peace­ful town of Tel Mond near Ne­tanya after her sonin-law re­ported he had found a sus­pi­cious hole in the gar­den. Po­lice sus­pect Chaim mur­dered his ex-wife in a dis­pute over money.

Fol­low­ing the dis­cov­ery of her body, po­lice ques­tioned sev­eral rel­a­tives.

Ad­di­tional sus­pects were ar­rested but were re­leased Wed­nes­day in light of a de­vel­op­ment in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The day Chaim went miss­ing, she had been in­vited to a con­fer­ence in the Tel Mond area, but never showed up.

“Im­me­di­ately upon re­ceipt of the re­port that she was miss­ing, the po­lice be­gan a search and opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into her dis­ap­pear­ance,” po­lice said on Tues­day.

“Yes­ter­day, the Is­rael Po­lice con­ducted an as­sess­ment of the si­t­u­a­tion, fol­low­ing which po­lice and foren­sics teams ar­rived this morn­ing to con­duct searches and ex­ca­va­tions near her place of res­i­dence.

As they sus­pected, dur­ing the search, a body was found which was sus­pected to be the body of the miss­ing per­son. Due to the con­di­tion of the body, it will be sent for fi­nal iden­ti­fi­ca­tion at the Abu Kabir Foren­sic In­sti­tute,” the state­ment con­tin­ued, not­ing that with the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the body as Chaim’s the miss­ing per­son’s case would be­come a mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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