Israeli searchers fail to find Montreal man missing in Peru


MONTREAL (JTA) — An elite Israeli search-and-rescue team hired by the family of a Montreal man missing in Peru for three months suspects he was probably a victim of foul play.

Jesse Galganov, 22, a dual U.S.-Canadian citizen, disappeared in Peru at the end of September as he was starting an eight-week solo backpacking trek. His mother, Alisa Clamen, has spent nearly $1 million trying to find him.

Clamen hired Magnus International, which has used dozens of Israeli and Peruvian searchers over the past several weeks to comb the country’s Cordillera Blanca mountains – to no avail. The search will continue, however, using drone footage and satellite imagery.

“[The Israelis] are fairly certain that they didn’t find him because someone doesn’t want us to find him,” Clamen told The Montreal Gazette.

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