A missing 20-year-old IDF soldier has been found dead was found in an open field, next to road 531 between Kfar Sava and the neighboring town of Hod Hasharon.

Eliezer Ashkenazi, left his home in Kfar Saba early on Sunday morning to go to his military base in the Golan Heights.

When he did not arrive on base as scheduled an emergency command center was opened by the police to find the young man.

“Throughout the night we’ve conducted a search for the soldier from Kfar Saba, who left his home at 5:30 a.m. and unusually, did not arrive at the base,” said police commander Yekutiel Ben Yaakov.

Police tracked Ashkenazi’s cellphone to the Sharon area of Israel.

The police are investigating the cause of death

“With great sorrow and after widespread search efforts over the past 24 hours in the area around Kfar Sava, the remains of IDF soldier Eliezer Ashkenazi, z”l, were found. His family has been informed,” the IDF said in a statement.