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Israel Identifies Missing US Student   08/29 06:14

   JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli forensic investigators on Friday identified a 
recently found body as that of a U.S. religious student who disappeared while 
hiking in Jerusalem last week, Israeli police said.

   Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the body was confirmed early on Friday 
morning to be that of seminary student Aharon Sofer.

   "There is no suspicion of foul play," said Samri, meaning Sofer's death was 
not a militant attack or a criminal attack. She had no further details on how 
he 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 was an ultra-Orthodox student at a yeshiva, a Jewish religious school, 
named for its founder Rabbi Tzvi Kaplan.

   Sofer's parents had flown to Israel to assist with the search.


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