***UPDATE: Body found confirmed to be Aaron Soffer***

***UPDATED: The body found has been confirmed to be that of Aaron Sofer and it doesn’t appear his death was terror related:

INN – It was confirmed on Thursday evening that, six days after he disappeared, the body of Aharon Soffer, a 23-year-old yeshiva student from New Jersey who went missing in the Jerusalem Forest last Friday, has been found.

The body was found in a forest thicket near Ein Kerem around 4:00 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

The cause of death has not yet been reported, but earlier reports indicated the death does not appear to be terror related and that Soffer may have fallen down a cliff while attempting to navigate his way out of the forest.

Police officers, ZAKA volunteers, special units and many others took part in the search for Soffer.


With the recent killings of Jewish teens, I think many of us feared that Aaron Sofer could end up with the same fate, and now it appears to be happening.

TIMES OF ISRAEL – A body believed to be that of missing US student Aaron Sofer, 23, of Lakewood, New Jersey, was found near the capital’s Ein Kerem neighborhood, Hatzolah said in a statement Thursday. Sofer went missing last Friday while hiking with a friend in the Jerusalem

The body has been sent to the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute for identification, the statement added.

Police confirmed that a body had been discovered near the Jerusalem forest, though no further details were provided.

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