Missing IDF Soldier Found Dead (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By David Lev 05/03/12)
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The body of missing IDF soldier Netta Brand was found early Thursday.
Brand was found dead near Beit Shemesh, shot to death, with his IDF-
issued weapon lying near him. Military police are investigating the
circumstances of his death.
Police, border guards, IDF soldiers and volunteers had been
intensively searching for Brand, who went missing Wednesday. Brand,
who served in the Givati brigade, was last seen near the entrance of
his hometown of Givat Yeshayahu, south of Beit Shemesh. He was
wearing his IDF uniform and a fleece jacket, and was carrying his
weapon. Brand had been serving in the army for about a year.
According to reports, Brand had written a letter that reflected a
high level of depression, and there was concern that he might do harm
to himself. Family members say, however, that the thought of his
committing suicide did not occur to them. His mother, Ayelet Brand,
told reporters that she was “completely surprised. Netta was a
sensitive child but we didn´t think something like this could happen.
We have had problems, but we always were able to resolve them in a
positive manner within the family. He was very happy serving in the
IDF, and there was no sign that something like this was going to
happen,” she said.
Brand´s family held out hope until the last minute that Neta would be
found alive and well. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/03/12)
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