Authorities recover body of Florida teen studying overseas in Israel

Aaron Brown
July 31, 2018

Jones, a University of Kansas sophomore, was wrapping up a seven-week exchange program in Amman, Jordan, where she studied Arabic, according to the Lexington Herald Leader.

An American student has been missing since Saturday night, when she went for a late-night swim in the Mediterranean Sea off Tel Aviv, Israel. One of the students later said they were caught in a strong current and pulled out to sea, the university said. The two students made it back to shore, but Jones was nowhere to be found.

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

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'.

A 19-year-old student from Florida in an exchange program in the Middle East drowned while visiting Tel Aviv, according to family members.

University officials say they are also in contact with the other students in Tel Aviv, who are safe.

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

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Thomas-Mora said she also received a call from the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv.

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

Thomas-Mora and her father (Jones' grandfather) will meet with officials searching for Jones on Monday, July 30th.

A search ensued. Thomas-Mora told the News-Press: "Shes a decent swimmer", but "the furthest Ive known her to go is to stand and wade at the shore of the water and take pictures" when going to Floridas beaches.

Jones' exceptional GPA, hard work and determination, made her a great applicant for the University of Kentucky's premedical program, which she was accepted into and going to start next month.

Jones' cousin Jean Davis, one of about 50 distraught relatives who had gathered in Thomas-Mora's home on Dupree Street on Sunday, said she doesn't think Jones would have gone swimming at midnight.

Jones was in the International Baccalaureate program at Dunbar High School, Thomas-Mora said. "She is loved. You were easily attracted to her personality", Thomas-Mora told the News-Press.

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