American college student goes missing while swimming in Israel

TeNiya Jones was a sophomore at the University of Kentucky

TeNiya Jones was a sophomore at the University of Kentucky

Sue Roberts, who leads the University of Kentucky's International Center which houses the Education Abroad and Exchange programs, will also be traveling to Israel to meet with Jones' family and those searching for her.

The Times of Israel reported that TeNiya Nora Jones washed up on a beach in the Tel Aviv suburb of Bat Yam on Monday after she had been swept away by rip tides on Saturday evening while swimming with two friends.

Two of the three students made it back to the shoreline, but Jones did not.

Jones, from Fort Myers, Florida, is a biology major who is also studying Islamic Studies, her university said. That effort is ongoing.

UK President Eli Capilouto released a statement, offering thoughts and prayers to Jones, her family, and students impacted by the situation.

'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", Capilouto said.

Jones is one of nine students studying in Jordon on an exchange program.

The University of Kentucky student was finishing off a study-abroad program in Jordan with a weekend break in Israel with friends when tragedy struck. Arrangements are being made for them to travel back to Amman, Jordan. Jones along with two other United Kingdom students and one from West Virginia University traveled to Tel Aviv for the weekend.

JerusalemMore than a day after an American teen disappeared while swimming in the Mediterranean Sea, search teams near Tel Aviv have discovered a body.

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

She died just seven months after her 22 year-old brother Samuel Jones Jr. was one of two people shot dead in Lehigh Acres, Ky. "I've known her to stand and wade at the shore of the water and take pictures".

Jones was in the International Baccalaureate program at Dunbar High School, Thomas-Mora said. "She was supposed to start on August 23", Thomas-Mora said before she broke down in tears. A cousin tweeted recent photos of her on Sunday, urging anybody with information on her to get in touch.

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