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Israeli police forensic experts work at the scene where a body was found in a Jerusalem forest, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Israeli police said Thursday "there is a strong possibility" they have found the body of the American seminary student who disappeared while hiking in Jerusalem last week. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the body was found in the same area where Aharon Sofer disappeared. Sofer, 23, of Lakewood, New Jersey, had been hiking with a friend in a hilly, forested area on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

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As people go in and out of the Lakewood Municipal Building Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Lakewood, N.J., they pass a photograph of Aharon Sofer, the young New Jersey religious student who went missing during a hike in a forest outside Jerusalem last week. Israeli police said Thursday "there is a strong possibility" they have found the body of Sofer. Meir Lichtenstein, a Lakewood committeeman who is a friend of Sofer's family, told reporters Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, that though the investigation was continuing, the family believes that death was accidental and no foul play was suspected.

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Israel finds body where US student disappeared

  • Associated Press
  • August 28, 2014 - 11:17 PM

JERUSALEM — Israeli police said Thursday "there is a strong possibility" they have found the body of an American seminary student who disappeared while hiking in Jerusalem last week.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the body was found in the same area where Aharon Sofer disappeared. Sofer, 23, of Lakewood, New Jersey, had been hiking with a friend in a hilly, forested area on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

"There is a strong possibility that it is the body of the missing student," Rosenfeld said, stressing that a forensics team was still trying to confirm the identification.

Rosenfeld would not elaborate or say whether there had been any signs of foul play.

Police have been conducting an extensive search for Sofer, an ultra-Orthodox student at a yeshiva — a Jewish religious school named for its founder, Rabbi Tzvi Kaplan. Sofer's parents flew to Israel to assist with the search.

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