United Kingdom student studying overseas in Israel goes missing while swimming

TeNiya Jones was a sophomore at the University of Kentucky
TeNiya Jones was a sophomore at the University of Kentucky

31 July, 2018

TeNiya Nora Jones, a 19-year-old sophomore at the University of Kentucky has gone missing in Isreal, according to a press release published by the University's president, Eli Capiloto. Two of the students were able to swim back to shore, but Jones did not make it back, according to a statement issued by the University of Kentucky.

She captioned the photos: 'just traveling whilst looking attractive as usual.' Her Facebook friends followed up in the comments with condolence messages, praying for her safe return.

Officials conducted a "major search and rescue effort" that was unsuccessful in locating the woman, according to the university.

Capilouto said university officials with the travel overseas program had been working to immediately transport Jones' family to Tel Aviv after her disappearence. She said Jones told her she was "in for the night". She was due to return home to Fort Myers, Florida, in a week.

A student who was just two days from returning home after her study overseas program was set to end, went missing in the Mediterranean Sea Saturday evening in Tel Aviv, Israel. The student group was made up of seven students from United Kingdom, and two students from West Virginia University.

He said family members to the students have each been notified about the incident.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with TeNiya, her family and the students and others impacted. "She is loved. You were easily attracted to her personality", Thomas-Mora told the News-Press.

"There were other students present in Tel Aviv", with Jones, he said, and they are "naturally concerned for the well-being of their friend".

'We will do everything possible to provide whatever support is needed'.

The four students were part of a group of seven United Kingdom students, and two students from West Virginia University, based in Amman, Jordan, for the summer for a program focused on Arabic language.

Jones was part of a group of seven students, including five from the University of Kentucky, studying Arabic in Amman, Jordan, since June.

Thomas-Mora and her father (Jones' grandfather) will meet with officials searching for Jones on Monday, July 30th. A cousin tweeted recent photos of her on Sunday, urging anybody with information on her to get in touch.

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