Missing American Tourist Found Dead in Israel

The body of an American tourist missing since last week was discovered near Beit Shean in Israel.

Herman Kuehn, 80, of Platte County, Missouri, got separated from his group on May 26, while visiting antiquities sites in Beit Shean. His body was discovered Tuesday in an industrial zone north of the city.

There were no signs of violence or foul play on his body, according to Israeli news reports.

Kuehn and his wife, Mary, were in Israel for a tour through the St. Paul School of Theology; they are members of the Pine Ridge Presbyterian Church, according to a local Missouri television station.

Kuehn had suffered a head injury several years ago and sometimes became confused, the family told Israeli media. The family on Monday released a statement thanking people who had been praying for the return of their family patriarch.

A large-scale search was mounted over the weekend for the missing tourist.

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