Israel identifies body as missing American student

Israel's controversial West Bank barrier weaves its way between the Palestinian refugee camp of Shuafat (front right) and the Jewish neighborhood of Pisgat Zeev July 19, 2009 in East Jerusalem, the part of the city Israel captured from Jordan in the 1967 Six Day War. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the weekly cabinet meeting that Israel's sovereignty over the city was not a matter up for discussion after the U.S. State Department told the Israeli envoy to Washington that it must halt a right-wing Israeli construction project at the Shepherd Hotel in the East Jerusalem Arab suburb of Sheikh Jarrah. (David Silverman, Getty Images)
Israel's controversial West Bank barrier weaves its way between the Palestinian refugee camp of Shuafat (front right) and the Jewish neighborhood of Pisgat Zeev July 19, 2009 in East Jerusalem, the part of the city Israel captured from Jordan in the 1967 Six Day War. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the weekly cabinet meeting that Israel's sovereignty over the city was not a matter up for discussion after the U.S. State Department told the Israeli envoy to Washington that it must halt a right-wing Israeli construction project at the Shepherd Hotel in the East Jerusalem Arab suburb of Sheikh Jarrah. (David Silverman, Getty Images)
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Updated: 8/29 5:59 am

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say a recently found body has been identified after a forensic investigation as that of a U.S. religious student who disappeared while hiking in Jerusalem last week.

Police spokeswoman 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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