More tests on presumed body of Israeli diplomat

23rd February 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 23, 2007 (AFP) - Police have ordered more tests to be carried out on a body found in a river in northwestern France that appears to be that of an Israeli diplomat who went missing last month, police sources said Friday.

PARIS, Feb 23, 2007 (AFP) - Police have ordered more tests to be carried out on a body found in a river in northwestern France that appears to be that of an Israeli diplomat who went missing last month, police sources said Friday.

David 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.

A body was found in a river near the northwestern city of Rouen on Wednesday.

"It is probably the body of Mr Dahan who probably died from drowning, but given the state of the body it is necessary to carry out additional tests to be sure," said a police source.

He said that tests done from dental records had allowed investigators to identify the body as that of Dahan.

Given the state of decomposition of the body however, police had ordered further tests including comparative DNA testing to be carried out in the coming days, he added.

"There were no traces of a trauma" resulting from a possible blow, he added. "This gives credence to the theory that it was a suicide."

An autopsy was carried out Thursday in Rouen to try to determine the circumstances of the death.

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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