An Israel Defense Forces soldier who was missing for two days was found dead on Thursday near a military checkpoint close to eastern Jerusalem, the military confirmed, saying that an investigation of the incident has been launched.

The body of Cpl. Sagi Ben-David, who had been missing since Tuesday, was located near the Hizma checkpoint.

The IDF said the family had been notified.

Ben-David was stationed at the Anatot Base near Jerusalem, where he was last seen. He apparently turned off his phone when he left the base.

The IDF noted that the Israel Police was taking part in the investigation into the circumstances of his death, adding that while all leads are being pursued at this time, it appears that his death was not a result of a nationalistically motivated act.

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