12-year-old Noya Dan and her 80-year-old grandmother Carmela, who were missing from Kibbutz Nir-Oz in southern Israel after a surprise attack by Hamas on October 7, have been found dead, the Israeli government said.

“It is with great sadness that we announce that the bodies of Noya and her grandmother Carmela were discovered yesterday. Thank you to all of you who shared her story to help us bring her home. Our hearts are broken” refers to a post on X (Twitter).

The 12-year-old girl with autism was a Harry Potter fan. In fact, in order to locate her, Israel had asked the writer JK Rowling to make Noya’s story known, so that she could be located and returned home alive.

They were also identified eto boy and a woman who were charred

A boy and a woman, he was also among scores of people killed by Hamas gunmen in a village on the Israeli border who were located and identified 11 days after the attack, said the Zaka organization, which specializes in providing first aid and collecting and identifying the dead.

The remains of these two victims were found during searches of a house that had burned to the ground in Kibbutz Beeri, as Zaka announced late yesterday, Wednesday.

“Their bodies were charred after they were murdered”the organization said in a statement, without giving the names of the dead or details of their possible family relationship.

Israeli officials have previously reported at least 108 dead in Beeri – about 10% of the kibbutz’s population. At least ten other such Israeli communities were attacked by the gunmen.