TEL AVIV (Dec. 12)
Hadass Kedmi, the 20-year-old woman soldier murdered some time after she disappeared while hitchhiking near Haifa on November 29, was buried today as police intensified their investigation of the crime. The funeral services were held at her home village, Kibbutz Kfar Masaryk on Haifa Bay.
Kedmi’s body, bearing marks of violence, was found in a wooded area on Mt. Carmel yesterday by soldiers on a training exercise. A widespread search by hundreds of soldiers, police and civilian volunteers over a 12-day period had failed to find her.
The police have imposed a strict blackout on their investigation. It is known to be based on two possibilities: that the young woman was kidnapped and murdered by terrorists or that she was the victim of a rapist-killer. According to unconfirmed reports, she was held captive alive for several days.