Body of missing Fort Myers college student found in Tel Aviv

UPDATE: Monday July 30, 11:00 A.M. – The body of 19-year-old TeNiya Elnora Jones has been found.

ORIGINAL STORY: A University of Kentucky student studying abroad this summer in the Middle East is missing following a swimming accident in Tel Aviv, Israel.

19-year-old TeNiya Elnora Jones of Fort Myers traveled with several other students to Tel Aviv, where they went swimming in the Mediterranean Sea Saturday evening.

One of the students involved in the swim reported that they got caught up in a strong current and were pulled out to sea. Two of the students were able to make it back to the shoreline; however, Jones did not.

The students called Israeli officials, who are currently conducting a primary search and rescue effort.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with TeNiya, her family and the students and others impacted,” said UK President Eli Capilouto. “We are in continual contact with Teniya’s family, officials in Israel, officials from the State Department and our Congressional delegation, to provide all the support we can for the family, students and others involved. We will do everything possible to provide whatever support is needed.”

Following the accident, the students contacted UK Police and the program’s coordinator, the Council on International Exchange, (CIEE) based in Portland, Maine. UK has previously worked with CIEE, a well-known education abroad provider. Companies such as CIEE commonly coordinate education abroad involving university students, who work with the US and other universities and arrange travel, logistics, and accommodations.

Officials from the US Embassy in Israel also have been alerted and have been involved throughout the last 24 hours, communicating with Jones’ family, CIEE and UK officials.

Both UK Education Abroad and CIEE officials contacted Jones’ family Saturday evening of the situation. UK officials also have been in touch with federal authorities in Washington and Israel regarding the accident.

UK Education Abroad officials are currently making arrangements for Jones’ mother and grandfather to travel to Tel Aviv.

Associate Provost Sue Roberts, who leads UK’s International Center, will also travel to Tel Aviv to meet with the family and officials.

CIEE and UK officials are in contact with the other students in Tel Aviv, who are safe, and are arranging for them to travel back to Amman, Jordan as soon as possible.

The program, which began in June, is scheduled to be completed this week.

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