Israeli Backpacker Found Dead in Peru

The Foreign Ministry is working with local authorities to determine the cause of Shira Roth's death and arranging to return her body to Israel.

Israeli backpacker Shira Roth was found dead while traveling in Peru.
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An Israeli backpacker was found dead in a bus in Peru, the Foreign Ministry's spokesman said on Friday morning.

Shira Roth, 20, was traveling in the Andes in western Peru. After feeling unwell, she took a bus to reach the capital, Lima, but died a few hours into the journey, her father told Israel Radio's Reshet Bet.

Roth's father, Hillel, wrote on Facebook on Thursday night: "We haven’t taken it in yet. You were meant to come back next week to celebrate Passover and your 21st birthday, and from what I've been told she was at a very high mountain in Peru and probably didn’t have enough oxygen."  

The Foreign Ministry is working with local authorities to determine the cause of her death and arranging to fly body over her to Israel, spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said. 

Two weeks ago, a young Israeli man died in Peru in an extreme sport accident in Cuzco. According to the Foreign Ministry, one of the cables of a "Tarzan" swing-rope, a bungee jump-like attraction, was loose and failed to stop the Israeli's free fall, causing him to swing into a column. He suffered serious wounds and died as a result of massive blood loss before rescue forces were able to reach him.