Aaron Sofer Dead: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

A New Jersey college student missing in Israel has been found dead. Aaron Sofer was last seen on August 22. He had gone for a hike with his friends when he vanished in the near a wooded area in Jerusalem. His family had feared that he was kidnapped. Aaron Sofer was 23 years old.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. He Was Found Lying Dead Just off a Street

Sofer’s body was found outside of the wooded area, in a neighborhood called Ein Karem. He was lying off of a street. The cause of death is believed to be due to a fall.

2. He & His Family are ‘Ultra-Orthodox’

Sofer is an ultra-Orthodox student who had been studying in Israel, reports ABC New York.

3. There Had Been a Massive Search Effort for Sofer

A massive search effort was undertaken to find Sofer involving Israeli police helicopters, personnel and sniffer dogs. A Facebook page was set up to help the search effort. A Go Fund Me page set up to help the search effort had raised over $50,000 at the time of his death.

4. His Cousin Is a Famous Actress

Rena Sofer Cousin Dead


He was the cousin of actress Rena Sofer. She tweeted 13 hours before his body was found that had been abducted:

Later she said that her cousin had a “tragic fall.”

Sofer has appeared in TV shows such as Friends, 24, and has a starring role on The Bold and the Beautiful. After the news of Shofer’s death emerged, she tweeted:

5. His Parents are in Israel

Parents of Aaron Sofer Missing Lakewood Boy Plea for Your HelpBe Mispallel for Aron Ben Chulda. Missing in the Jerusalem Forest for 4 days already.2014-08-26T15:41:45.000Z

Aaron Sofer’s parents were in Israel when their son’s body had been found. Earlier in the week they had made an emotional video appeal for information on his disappearance.