Israel Police to Review Conduct in Search for ultra-Orthodox Woman Who Committed Suicide

One day before finding the body of Esty Weinstein, police located her vehicle but didn't search it or run the license plate number.

Esti Weinstein, an ultra-Orthodox woman in Israel who committed suicide and whose body was found near Ashdod beach on June 26, 2016.
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Just one day before finding the body of Esty Weinstein, a former member of the Ultra-Orthodox community who apparently committed suicide in her car, police found the vehicle but did not search it or run the license plate number, reported Army Radio on Tuesday.

Weinstein's body was found on Sunday, after a six-day search. She left behind a manuscript of 183 pages that sent shockwaves through the religious community. 

David Bitan, commander of the southern district, ordered a committee to review police conduct in the case in order to understand why no action was taken when the vehicle was located on Saturday.

Weinstein's body was found in the car in a parking lot in Ashdod near the beach. She was found in a state of decay, which required that she be identified by the Institute of Forensic Medicine rather than the visual confirmation of a family member.

According to a police source, it's still unknown how precisely when Weinstein committed suicide or how long her body had been in the vehicle.

"Most likely, even if we had reached her body one day before we wouldn't have been able to change this tragic outcome," said the police in reaction to the Army Radio report.

Her funeral, expected to take place on Tuesday, was ordered by the Tel Aviv family court to be held in two stages to accomadate both religious and secular participants.