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Published: Friday, 8/29/2014

Israel identifies body as missing American student

ASSOCIATED PRESS

JERUSALEM — Israeli forensic investigators today identified a recently found body as that of a U.S. religious student who disappeared while hiking in Jerusalem last week, Israeli police said.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the body was confirmed early today to be that of seminary student Aharon Sofer.

“There is no suspicion of foul play,” said Samri, meaning Sofer’s death was not a militant attack or a criminal attack. She had no further details on how he died.

The body was found on Thursday night in the same area where Sofer disappeared last week. The 23-year-old Sofer, of Lakewood, New Jersey, had been hiking with a friend in a hilly, forested area on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

Sofer was an ultra-Orthodox student at a yeshiva, a Jewish religious school, named for its founder Rabbi Tzvi Kaplan.

Sofer’s parents had flown to Israel to assist with the search.



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