(JTA) – Police in Berlin, Germany found the disfigured body of a man carrying an Israeli passport.
The body was found Sunday amid the rubble of construction being done at a local church, Army Radio reported Wednesday.
The body was so badly bruised that it was unrecognizable raising suspicion the man was murdered.
On the deceased’s person police found an Israeli passport registered to a 22-year-old man but could not immediately determine whether the deceased was the owner of the passport.
The Chabad rabbi in Berlin, Yehuda Teichtal, told the NRG news site that the Israeli man to whom the passport belonged was supposed to celebrate the Passover seder at the local Chabad House on Friday night, but didn’t arrive.
The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in contact with German authorities about the case, the Army Radio report said.
The passport’s owner was not named.