Israeli authorities are currently on the lookout for Oliver McAfee, a devout Irish Christian, who went missing in the desert. Doctors believed that the man might have a mental condition called Jerusalem Syndrome. While searching, the authorities found a trail of torn Bible pages.
McAfee Went on a Bike Tour After a Bout of Depression
According to the investigators, 29-year-old Oliver McAfee from Northern Ireland had left the country in in a hurry, heading towards the Negev region. McAfee, who was a devout Christian has been battling severe depression for some time now, and his trip to Israel should have been a journey of enlightenment.
McAfee picked up his bike and the little he had to his name and went straight to the Negev region in Israel. According to the authorities, the last time someone saw McAfee alive was on the first of November when he crossed paths with an American tourist in Israel.
Shortly after his disappearance, the Israeli authorities began combing the Negev area, hoping to see a sign that the man was alive. During their investigations, the authorities discovered that someone, presumably McAfee, tore out pages from the Bible and placed them under rocks.
In fact, the authorities discovered a trail of Bible pages going all the way to the heart of the desert. Apart from the Bible pages trail, the Israeli search and rescue team also discovered an improvised shrine on top of a rocky ridge.
According to an eyewitness, the man used bike utensils in order to clear out a stone circle and to flatten the ground.
Jerusalem Syndrome Explained
Moshe Kalian, a psychiatrist, declared that the might be suffering from something called the Jerusalem Syndrome, upon which individuals experience religious delusions while on the Holy Land. Raz Arbel, a researcher, declared that the man is looking for Jerusalem and that the shrine and tore Bible pages are part of some ritual whose meanings remains unknown.
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