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The grandfather of a missing Israeli 4-year-old has recanted his confession that he killed her.

Ronny Ron changed his testimony Tuesday regarding the whereabouts of Rose Pizem, saying, “I did not murder her. The last time I saw her she was alive.”

Ron confessed to killing the child after being arrested several weeks ago in connection with her disappearance.

Ron is also the live-in boyfriend of the girl’s French-immigrant mother, Marie Renault, who also is being held on suspicion of being involved in her daughter’s murder. The court extended the couple’s detention in a hearing Tuesday.

Israeli police are continuing a massive search for Rose.

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