Above: Aaron Sofer
No Foul Play In Haredi Yeshiva Student’s Death, Police Believe
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Israeli police have announced that Aaron Sofer’s death was apparently not caused by a crime, Ha’aretz reported.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld also said Sofer’s body, which was found yesterday, was in the same area of the Jerusalem Forest where he went missing last Friday.
The 23-year-old haredi yeshiva student from Lakewood, New Jersey had been hiking with a friend when the pair became separated during a steep descent at about noon on Friday, August 22.
The friend reported Sofer missing six hours later as Shabbat approached. That sparked an intensive search by police and haredi volunteers from Hatzalah and ZAKA.
Sofer was studying at Rabbi Tzvi Kaplan’s Jerusalem yeshiva.