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Jerusalem police search for missing US student

Local News | Aug 27, 2014

Jerusalem police search for missing US student

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — A congressman is joining with the family of a New Jersey man who disappeared in Israel to call for his safe return.

U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, a Republican from New Jersey, joined a news conference Tuesday in Lakewood, where Aharon Sofer grew up.

Smith says that U.S. and Israeli officials are “leaving no stone unturned” as they try to find the 23-year-old rabbinical student.

Sofer has been missing since Friday when he went hiking with a friend in the Jerusalem Forest.

Israeli police say they are pursuing all avenues in the investigation, including the possibility that Sofer may have fallen victim to an attack by Palestinian militants.

Sofer’s parents have flown to Israel, where their son is an ultra-Orthodox student at a yeshiva — a Jewish religious school.