By COLlive reporter
The body found in a relatively advanced state of decay on Friday in an abandoned structure near Beit Dagan in central Israel was that of Rafael Miriashvilli (Zohar), a 25-year-old Lubavitcher yeshiva student from the city of Lod who had been missing for five weeks, reported Arutz Sheva.
The information was released on Monday, confirming what insiders told COLlive on Saturday night.
A gag order still exists on the case, preventing national Israeli news outlets from reporting the details of what led to Miriashvilli’s death.
Police are expected to release DNA results from the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute in Jaffa on Tuesday.
A police source told a COLlive reporter in Israel that at this time it seems that Miriashvilli was indeed kidnapped and left in an abandoned building, where he starved to death.
Police are still investigating the connection between Miriashvilli’s death and his past work for the Yad L’Achim anti-assimilation and anti-intermarriage organization. Four years ago he was charged with kidnapping in the course of saving a Jewish woman from marriage to an Arab.
Shortly before the police announced that they had found an unidentified body, Rafael’s mother said that she had reason to believe that the friends of the Arab boyfriend – who has his own criminal record – might have been seeking revenge.