TEL AVIV (Jun. 22)
Police still have no clue to the whereabouts of eight-year-old Oran Yarden, kidnapped in Tel Aviv two weeks ago today. The search and investigation is continuing while well-intentioned persons and perpetrators of hoaxes raised hopes that rapidly faded into despair.
An anonymous telephone caller to Abie Nathan’s “Voice of Peace” radio station last night said Oran would be returned this morning but that turned out to be a hoax. Last Thursday, Israel Radio broadcast a tape of the voice of one of the kidnappers who spoke to Oron’s parents by telephone shortly after the child disappeared. Thousands of persons telephoned the police claiming they recognized the voice but no fresh leads turned up.
Meanwhile, Oron’s father Amos and his mother, Penina, have gone back to work. His older brother has returned to his army unit and his sister has gone back to school. The child was kidnapped by unknown persons on June 8. His parents paid the IL 2 million demanded by the kidnappers on June 10 but their son was not released and nothing has been heard from the kidnappers since then.