US tourist murdered in Israel


Jerusalem – US visitor was stabbed to death and another woman wounded during the hike outside Jerusalem.

The body of an American female tourist missing since Saturday was found outside Jerusalem on Sunday morning, an Israeli police spokesman said.

A search was launched after a second woman arrived at a picnic area with multiple stab wounds and said she and a friend had been attacked, police said.

Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld identified the deceased woman as Christine Logan, an American, and the other woman as Kaye Susan Wilson, a British citizen living in Israel.

Earlier, Rosenfeld had the nationalities reversed.

Wilson was in stable condition at a hospital in Jerusalem on Sunday, said Dr. Yuval Weiss, the hospital’s director.

The two women had been hiking in a forest near Beit Shemesh, west of Jerusalem, Rosenfeld said.

Wilson told police they were attacked by two men, tied up and stabbed. She said she escaped and ran for help.

Rosenfeld did not say there had been any arrests.

The Foreign Office in London said it was “aware of the hospitalization of a British national” and was ready to provide assistance if needed.