A 19-year-old Woman Was Missing for Years. Police Suspect Her Brother, Now Dead, Murdered Her

Last year, police identified remains classified as ‘Jane Doe’ since 2005 as those of Nadaa Barud. After interrogating her family, police turned to her brother, who was stabbed to death after she went missing

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The home of Nadaa Barud's parents in Haifa, January 17, 2021.
The home of Nadaa Barud's parents in Haifa, January 17, 2021. Credit: Rami Chelouche
Noa Shpigel
Noa Shpigel

A cold case of the 2005 disappearance of an Israeli Arab woman has been solved, the police said on Sunday, estimating that her brother, who was stabbed to death shortly after, committed the crime.   

According to the police, 19-year-old Nadaa Barud from Haifa, was murdered by her brother Ahmed Barud, who was stabbed to death shortly after she disappeared.

No one had looked for Nadaa Barud for years, and her remains, which were found a few months later, remained unidentified until last year. Nadaa's other relatives are also believed to have been involved in her murder.

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Ahmed Barud, 22 at the time, killed his sister over an alleged “dissatisfaction with her lifestyle,” the police said. Barud’s body was found in August at Ofer Forest south of Haifa a few months after she was murdered.

Ahmed Barud was stabbed to death in March, during an altercation at a party, a few days after Nadaa Barud was murdered. Last year, 15 years after her death, her body was identified by DNA sample compared to a relative who was arrested.

The Ofer Forest, south of Haifa, 2020. Credit: Yaniv Alon

Nadaa Barud’s parents and a family acquaintance were arrested last month on suspicion of the murder. About two weeks ago they were released after the suspicion against them was reduced to involvement in murder, to which the statute of limitations applies. A period of restrictions on their release was lifted and the police did not request to renew them.

No one noticed that Barud was missing and her family did not report her disappearance to the authorities. The family, who came to Israel in the 1990s from the Gaza Strip, had 11 children.

Legal proceedings over the years regarding the family’s father mention the difficulties of his life, including the murder of Ahmed and another daughter, who was five years old when she was raped and murdered in 1998 by two 12-year-old boys, But Nadaa’s name was not mentioned in these proceedings. The father served prison time for the stabbing of another daughter.

The parents’ attorney, Tomer Naveh, said: “This murder was premediated; it was decided to kill the victim because she had left her parents’ home.

The court ordered the parents' release after it was proven that they were not aware of her death. The defense attorneys are surprised at the timing of the publication, and make clear that their clients had nothing to do with the murder."

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