JERUSALEM (JTA) — The body of an American tourist was found near Jerusalem a day after she was attacked and kidnapped, allegedly by Arab assailants.
Christine Logan’s body was identified Sunday morning by Jerusalem police. Logan and a friend, Susan Kaye Wilson, a tour guide from Givat Ze’ev who made aliyah from Great Britan in 1991, were attacked Saturday while hiking at Khirbet Hanut, an archaeological site near Beit Shemesh.
Wilson told police, according to reports, that two Arab men beat and stabbed the women and tied their hands behind their backs. Wilson said she pretended to be dead and later escaped. Wilson was hospitalized at Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem with stab wounds to her upper body. Logan’s hometown in the United States has not yet been reported.
A massive search began Saturday for Logan, involving roadblocks and checkpoints, as well as hundreds of Israel Defense Forces and Border Police troops, Haaretz reported.
Police are working to determine if the attack was nationalistically motivated or random violence.