Body found resembles missing Israeli diplomat

22nd February 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 21, 2007 (AFP) - A body found in a river near the northwestern French city of Rouen appears to be that of an Israeli diplomat who went missing last month, police said on Wednesday.

PARIS, Feb 21, 2007 (AFP) - A body found in a river near the northwestern French city of Rouen appears to be that of an Israeli diplomat who went missing last month, police said on Wednesday.

The body's "physical appearance and clothing ... corresponds on all counts" with that of missing Israeli diplomat David Dahan, a French criminal police source said.

Paris criminal police in charge of case had gone to the Rouen suburb where the body was discovered to help identify it, the source said.

It added that formal identification would be difficult since the body had "apparently stayed in the water for a long time."

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

His abandoned car was discovered locked and empty at the edge of the River Seine in Rouen three days later. Israeli media reports said he had been depressed over his wife's recent petition for divorce.

French investigators at the time said they could not rule out the possibility of suicide, given Dahan's psychological state and the contents of a letter found in his apartment.

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Subject: French news

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