Mother of six was found dead with signs of violence on her body in the Shaked forest in northern Samaria overnight Sunday.
The woman’s family reported to police that she was missing. Magen David Adom paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene.
Her body displayed signs of severe violence. Police believe a rock was used to crush her skull, Ynet reported.
Horgen and her husband had two girls and four boys. The youngest is 13.
The terrorist will be paid handsomely by the Palestinian Authority for this gruesome murder. If U.S financial aid to the Palestinian Authority is resumed, then your tax dollars will be used to finance the Palestinian Authority’s “Pay to Slay” Jews policy.
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Mother-of-six murdered in West Bank, in what police believe was terror attack
Body of Esther Horgen found in forest after she went for a run Sunday afternoon and didn’t return home; police say her body bore signs of violence; no arrests made
By TOI, December 21, 2020
An Israeli woman in her 50s was found dead in a northern West Bank forest in the early hours of Monday after she went for a run on her own a day earlier, with authorities investigating the case as a suspected terror attack.
Police said in a statement that there were signs of violence to her body and that the woman’s death was considered a suspected murder. The Shin Bet security service was also taking part in the investigation.
The woman was later identified as Esther Horgen, 52, of the Tal Menashe settlement, a mother of six.
The police and Shin Bet were “increasingly convinced” that the killing was terror-related, security officials said Monday afternoon, though the police officially said that “all directions are being investigated.” The Shin Bet declined to officially comment on the matter.
The head of the Samaria Regional Council, Yossi Dagan, said Horgen was killed with a large rock.
There were no initial reports of any arrests. Police requested and received a court-issued gag order on Monday morning, barring media outlets from identifying the identities of any suspects or any other details of the investigation.
Despite the gag order, security officials told reporters that there was growing evidence to indicate that this was a nationalistically-based crime, though it appeared unlikely to have been carried out by a well-trained, established terrorist group, given the brutal and unmethodical manner in which Horgen was killed. The officials said that investigators were looking into the possibility that the suspected terrorist was an Arab-Israeli from the nearby Wadi Ara area.
Horgen had gone for a run on Sunday afternoon but never returned, whereupon her husband called the police.
She was seen leaving her settlement on security cameras positioned along the gate to the community.
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Her body was found at around 2 a.m. at the Reihan forest in the northern West Bank. Paramedics declared her dead at the scene.
“Police and crime scene investigators were called to the scene and have begun collecting evidence,” police said.
Defense Minister Benny Gantz issued a statement in which he offered his condolences and said security forces were working to track down the killer.
“I share in the deep sorrow of the Horgen family following the heinous murder of Esther,” Gantz said. “Security forces are already working to get their hands on the heinous killer. We will never accept a reality in which human lives are cheapened.”
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