(JNS.org) Israeli police have located a body believed to be that of missing American yeshiva student Aaron Sofer. The body was found in the Ein Kerem neighborhood near the Jerusalem Forest, according to reports.
“We can confirm that a body was found today near the Jerusalem Forrest and that a forensics team is at the sight now to determine if it is the missing yeshiva student,” Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said in a statement.
Sofer, 23, had been missing since Friday, when he and a friend went on a hike in a difficult rocky and wooded portion of the Jerusalem Forest. At some point during the hike, Sofer and his friend apparently became separated, with Sofer never emerging.
Nighttime prayer vigils have been held in Sofer’s hometown of Lakewood, N.J. The announcement by Israeli police came just hours before a planned prayer vigil and press conference at the Western Wall by Sofer’s parents, Moshe and Chulda, who flew to Israel to join the search. On Tuesday, a NIS 100,000 ($28,000) award was posted by his parents for information leading to his whereabouts.