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Body of Missing US Hiker May Have Been Found in Israel

Aharon Sofer of New Jersey never returned from a hike last week
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2014 12:01 PM CDT
Body Found in Israel May Be US Hiker
New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind addresses a gathering as he stands near a photograph of Aharon Sofer, 23, Tuesday in Lakewood, NJ.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

(Newser) – Police have found a body in an Israeli forest where a young American hiker went missing about a week ago, reports the Jerusalem Post. The body hasn't been identified yet, but authorities are working on the "strong possibility" that it is that of 23-year-old Aharon Sofer, a New Jersey resident studying in Israel, reports Haaretz. Sofer went for a hike with a friend in the Jerusalem Forest on Friday, but the pair got separated and Sofer never emerged from the woods.

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Sofer's parents traveled from Lakewood, NJ, to Israel to help with the search and offered a reward of about $30,000, reports CNN. Their son had left the US to study at a rabbinical college and was to be gone three years, a family friend tells the Star-Ledger. He went hiking while on a break from classes. Police have not offered any details on whether they think foul play was involved. (Read more Israel stories.)

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