Body found in river is that of Israeli diplomat

26th February 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 23, 2007 (AFP) - Experts have confirmed that a body found in a river in northwest France is that of Israeli diplomat David Dahan who went missing last month, a police source said Saturday.

PARIS, Feb 23, 2007 (AFP) - Experts have confirmed that a body found in a river in northwest France is that of Israeli diplomat David Dahan who went missing last month, a police source said Saturday.

 "A genetic comparison, undertaken to remove the slightest doubt, has led to a formal identification of Mr Dahan," a police source said.

"No suspicious elements were found on the body," the source added, backing police theories that Dahan had committed suicide.

Dahan, 54, who headed the Israeli defence ministry's mission in France, went missing from his flat in the night of January 21-22.

A body was found in the river Seine near the northwestern city of Rouen on Wednesday, and police said on Friday that tests done from dental records had allowed investigators to identify the body as that of Dahan.

But given the body's state of decomposition, police had ordered further tests including comparative DNA testing to be carried out.

Dahan's abandoned car was discovered locked and empty at the edge of the River Seine in Rouen three days after he was reported missing.

Israeli media reports said he had been depressed over his wife's recent petition for divorce.
 
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Subject: French news

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