Dana Bennett, whose remains were found about four weeks ago, will be buried this afternoon at the Azorim cemetery in Tiberias.
Bennet, an American-Israeli teenager from Tiberias, went missing nearly six years ago. Police are investigating the circumstances of her death and a gag order has been imposed on the affair.
Bennett, who was 18 at the time of her disappearance, vanished without a trace shortly after midnight on August 1, 2003, following a shift at a restaurant on the Tiberias boardwalk. Bennett took a cab to her aunt's home in Tiberias and was last seen crossing the street in the direction of her aunt's house later that night.
The Tiberias municipality is providing buses for the the many mourners expected to attend the funeral.
Bennett's father Benjamin, who lives in Los Angeles, was due to arrive before dawn and join Dana's mother Vicky and the rest of the family in the mourning tent on Hakishon Street in the city center.
A municipal official said the municipality was considering commemorating Bennett, as there are procedures to memorialize those who lost their life under tragic circumstances. "It depends on the family. If the family is interested in commemorating [Dana] it must approach the municipality, and the signs and symbols committee will discuss the request. This is a special case and is close to our hearts," the official said.
The police investigation into Bennett's disappearance and death resumed intensively about a week and a half ago, once the remains were identified as Bennett's.
A senior source in the police's Northern District said the gag order would remain intact to prevent obstruction of the inquiry. "The investigation team is keeping its work away from officers and detectives who have no bearing on the affair to prevent leaks and harm to the inquiry," he said.
The officer said the gag will be lifted in a few days, pending the inquiry's progress.
Bennett was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1985. Her parents divorced when she was five years old and her mother returned to Tiberias. Bennett was raised by her father in Los Angeles. Later, however, her father sent her to high school at Kibbutz Tirat Tzvi.
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