Israeli police find girl's body in suitcase

11th September 2008, Comments 0 comments

The remains of a little French girl who was allegedly murdered by her Israeli grandfather and dumped in a river may have been found by police on Thursday.

11 September 2008  

TEL AVIV -- Police on Thursday found a suitcase thought to contain the remains of a little French girl allegedly murdered by her Israeli grandfather and dumped in a river in a grisly case that has shocked
the country.

After five weeks of intensive and frustrating searches, divers pulled out of the murky waters of a Tel Aviv river a red suitcase fitting a description given by the grandfather of four-year-old Rose during interrogation.
"This was a very long and complex investigation with very problematic parents that required a lot of creativity. The result was that we found the body of a five-year-old girl today," police commissioner Dudi Cohen told reporters on the banks of the Yarkon river.

Police said clothes and other "objects" were also found in the case, while divers continued searching the riverbed for any other evidence.

Experts will now conduct forensic tests on the contents to determine the identity of the girl that may take several days, Cohen said.

Ronny Ron, an Israeli taxi driver who in a bizarre love triangle was living with Rose's mother - his former daughter-in-law - had initially told police he had beaten Rose to death and put the body in a red suitcase which he hurled in the Yarkon river. He later retracted his confession.

Search teams and dozens of volunteers had combed the river and surrounding areas for weeks before Thursday's breakthrough.

Ron, 45, lived near Tel Aviv with Marie-Charlotte Renaud, 23, a French woman previously married to his son Benjamin, who is Rose's father.

A Tel Aviv court on Tuesday remanded Ron and his former daughter-in-law, who is also suspected of involvement in the gruesome murder, in custody for 10 days.

Cohen said Ron and Renaud were unaware that the suitcase had been found.

Benjamin divorced Renaud about three years ago after he found out she was having an affair with his father. Today Ron and Renaud have two children of their own.

Described by police as "one of the most shocking in the country's history," the case has dominated headlines in Israel for weeks.

Police suspect that the murder occurred in May, but the girl's disappearance was only brought to their attention last month when her great-grandmother contacted welfare authorities.

The case is also under investigation near Paris, where the father of the victim lives.

[AFP / Expatica]

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