- Posted August 25, 2014 by
Lakewood, New Jersey
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Lakewood, NJ, resident Aharon Sofer has been missing since Friday. The 23-year-old talmid of Rav Tzvi Kaplan’s yeshiva went with a friend on a hike in the Yerushalayim Forest. His friend lost sight of him at about noon local time.
A massive search was launched in conjunction with the Ichud Hatzalah and Zaka search and rescue organizations, who were joined by thousands of volunteers.
There has been no trace of Aharon so far, leading to fears that he may have been kidnapped.
Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04) and Senator Robert Menendez (NJ) have been actively involved in ensuring that both the Israeli and US governments are using all resources available to facilitate the safe homecoming of Aaron.
A press conference called by Lakewood Mayor Menashe Miller will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Lakewood Town Hall, located at 231 3rd Street in Lakewood, NJ, with the participation of
Congressman Chris Smith, State Senator Bob Singer, Ocean County Freeholder Gerry P. Little, Mayor Miller and others.
The press conference will be attended by Mayor Miller, Senator Singer, Freeholder Little and Congressman Smith.
Three days after being reported missing in the Yerushalayim Forest while hiking with a friend, the family Aaron Sofer said would like military intervention.
Hundreds of police officers, volunteers and the emergency response and rescue organizations ZAKA and United Hatzalah have been actively searching for Aharon since Shabbos. No clues as to his whereabouts have surfaced.
“A physically, mentally and emotionally healthy young man does not go missing for 72 hours,” said Sofer family spokesman Dov Hirth on Monday. “The family is not satisfied with the way the search and rescue operation has been handled thus far.”
Hirth mentioned the Muhammad Abu Khdeir murder in the same forest last month.
“It’s well known that a murder took place in that forest, and especially with the ongoing tensions with Palestinians, we feel there should be a military presence and involvement in the search for Aaron,” he said.
While the manhunt initially generated numerous headlines, Hirth said the family is now concerned that the story has since lost traction.
“The fact of the matter is we have a young man missing for no apparent reason, and it was on page one of all the newspapers and then the coverage just stopped,” he said. “This needs to continue to be a major story.”
Anyone with information that may assist in locating Aharon has been asked to call 02-5391520, or the Israel Police hotline at 100.