Two Israeli sisters missing in Argentina found dead
search

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Two Israeli sisters missing in Argentina found dead

Bodies of Dr. Lily Pereg, 54 and her sister, Pyrhia Sarusi, 63, found after a two week search in the south American country

Sisters Lily Pereg, left, and Pyrhia Sarusi in a photo posted on the "Missing in Mendoza" Facebook page. (Facebook via Times of Israel/JTA)
Sisters Lily Pereg, left, and Pyrhia Sarusi in a photo posted on the "Missing in Mendoza" Facebook page. (Facebook via Times of Israel/JTA)

  Two Israeli women that had been missing in Argentina for the last two weeks were found dead.

The bodies of Dr. Lily Pereg, 54, an associate professor of microbiology at the University of New England in Australia, and her sister, Pyrhia Sarusi, 63, were found on Saturday buried under debris in the home of Sarusi’s son, Gil Pereg, in Mendoza province, in the north west of the country. The sisters, who had been traveling in Argentina, had not been heard from since Jan. 12.

Gil Pereg was charged in Argentina with homicide for the death of his aunt and aggravated homicide due to a family tie in the death of his mother.

In a raid last week, police found four guns in his home, money in euro, dollars and pesos totalling £60,000 $80 000, and dozens of cats and dogs, some dead.

Gil Pereg told investigators he saw the pair get on board a public bus in the hours prior to their disappearance to return to the downtown area of Mendoza, where they were staying in a rented apartment.

But a DNA test of blood discovered in his house matched DNA found in the toothbrushes of the missing tourists, and a new raid was ordered for Saturday.

Gil Pereg, who has lived in Argentina since 2007, is under arrest and has a state’s attorney to defend him.

If he is found guilty on the count of simple homicide he could be sentenced to 8-25 years of prison. The aggravated homicide could carry a life sentence.

Help perform the greatest mitzvah: save a life

While life in Israel has returned to normal and hopes are high that Britain is set for a summer without restrictions thanks to vaccines, for billions around the world there is no such imminent light at the end of the tunnel. In the majority of countries around the globe, particularly the poorest, the vaccine rollout has barely kicked off.

That's why Jewish News, the leading source of news and opinion for the entire UK community, is throwing its full weight behind UNICEF’s VaccinAid campaign by using this platform usually reserved for encouraging donations towards our own journalism to instead urge our readers around the globe to perform the greatest mitzvah: saving a life.

We have never before done this for any charity fundraiser but it's hard to recall a campaign that affects so many people, and indeed an entire planet aching for a return to normality. Just like the Chief Rabbi and Rachel Riley, we hope to boost the mission to deliver two billion vaccines, 165 million treatments and 900 million test kits around the world by the end of this year.

Please donate as much as you can, in the spirit of the Talmudic sages: “to save one life is to save the world entire”

read more:
comments