Missing N.J. Student Found Dead in Israel

New Jersey’s Aaron Sofer, a 23-year-old yeshiva student studying in Jerusalem, went missing last Friday.

A photograph of Aaron Sofer, 23, is nearby as people listen during a news conference Tuesday, August 26, 2014, in Lakewood, N.J.  AP | Mel Evans

A photograph of Aaron Sofer, 23, is nearby as people listen during a news conference Tuesday, August 26, 2014, in Lakewood, N.J. AP | Mel Evans

The body of a New Jersey yeshiva student was found in a Jeruslaem forest, Israeli authorities said. Aaron Sofer, 23, had been missing since last Friday after going for a hike.

Sofer is from Lakewood, which has a large Orthodox Jewish population. Earlier this week, Sofer’s parents offered a reward for his return in a video posted to social media. The family also demanded the IDF get involved. The New York Daily News reported Hamas militants were suspected, though there was no concrete evidence to a link.




Sofer's parents had traveled to Jerusalem and had planned a prayer vigil and press conference at the Western Wall later today.

Sofer and a friend were separated on that Friday hike in Jerusalem near the Yad Vashem holocaust memorial. The friend assumed Sofer had returned home on his own, but notified police once Sofer did not turn up at shabbat services that evening.

[NY Daily News]

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