By Dan Goldberg, April 17, 2008
Fears are escalating for the life of an Israeli backpacker missing in New Zealand for the last three weeks.
Liat Okin, 35, was last spotted walking alone on March 26 on the 35km Routeburn Track, a three-day trek near Queenstown on the South Island.
The alarm was raised when she failed to collect her passport, money and belongings from a friend’s place or to call her parents.
Her brother, Itamar, and Hilik Magnus, one of Israel’s most renowned search-and-rescue personnel, arrived in New Zealand over the weekend to aid the rescue mission.