Israel identifies body of missing US student

Jerusalem - Israeli police say a recently found body has been identified after a forensic investigation as that of a US religious student who disappeared while hiking in Jerusalem last week.

Police spokesperson Luba Samri says the body was confirmed early on Friday morning to be that of seminary student Aharon Sofer. She says "there is no suspicion of foul play", meaning Sofer's death was not a militant attack or a criminal attack.

Samri had no further details on how Sofer 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's parents had flown to Israel to assist with the search.
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David Jones 2014-08-29 03:56:32 PM
Two weeks ago a 21 year IDF soldier with US citizenship also disappeared and later found dead with his rifle on his side.
George Galbraith 2014-08-29 05:49:51 PM
The obvious question - if he had been hiking with a friend, at what point was separation effected and how? Surely more detail is available?