Cars with loudspeakers drove through parts of Jerusalem on Shabbat to announce Sofer’s disappearance and to urge haredim to immediately contact rescue services or police if they knew anything about his whereabouts.
Above: Aaron Sofer
Haredi Yeshiva Student Sill Missing As Fears For His Safety Mount
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Israeli police and rescue forces are still combing the Jerusalem Forest and surrounding areas in an attempt to find missing a 23-year-old haredi man, Aaaron Sofer.
Sofer is from Lakewood, New Jersey and was hiking in the forest Friday morning with a friend when he disappeared about noon as the pair descended a steep incline.
Sofer’s friend reported him missing to Israel Police at about 6:00pm Friday, after he had been missing for six hours.
Just before 2:00am Saturday morning, police contacted ZAKA, the haredi search and rescue and EMT squad, which joined the search, as did Igud Hatzalah.
Cars with loudspeakers drove through parts of Jerusalem on Shabbat to announce Sofer’s disappearance and to urge haredim to immediately contact rescue services or police if they knew anything about his whereabouts, Arutz Sheva reported.
Sofer is 1.75 meters (5’9”) tall, lean build, and has short red hair, reed peyot and a short red beard. He was reportedly wearing black pants, a white shirt and a black kipa when he disappeared.
"We don't know where he disappeared to. While we want to believe that he finished the forest path and went to one of the yeshivas or to an apartment somewhere, each passing hour that he doesn't contact us raises the concern that he is unable to contact us. There is definitely a fear for his life. Therefore, we ask for the help of the public,” a source involved in the search reportedly told Arutz Sheva, noting that the danger to Sofer's life increases each hour he is still missing.
There is a fear that Sofer may have ben kidnapped by terrorists or that he may have been injured in a fall or other accident and is lying unconscious somewhere in the forest.
Mohammed Abu Khdeir, the 16-year-old East Jerusalem Arab boy kidnapped by Jewish terrorists on July 2 and brutally murdered was savagely beaten and burned alive in the Jerusalem Forest.
Sofer's Jewish name is Aharon ben Hulda.
Police ask that anyone with any relevant information about Sofer to immediately call police in Jerusalem at 02-5391520 or the 100 emergency police hotline.