American college student goes missing while swimming in Israel

TeNiya Nora Jones Missing: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

American college student goes missing while swimming in Israel

A University of Kentucky sophomore was missing in Israel after a late night swim in the Mediterranean Sea.

Over the weekend, TeNiya Nora Jones was swimming with friends in Tel Aviv when a strong current pulled her out and she did not make it to shore.

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.

The students called Israeli officials, who are now conducting a primary search and rescue effort. Less than eight hours later she received a call from CIEE: Council On International Educational Exchange, which offered the study overseas program through the University of Kentucky.

Jones and the students made their way to Tel Aviv for the weekend.

Jones had been an athlete at Fort Myers' Dunbar High School, winning 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles county and district titles before taking silver in the events at regionals.

On Saturday, Jones and three other students went swimming when she went missing. At Kentucky, Thomas-Mora said her daughter was an excellent student whose high GPA helped her earn a spot in the University of Kentuckys premedical program.

'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.

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Associate Provost Sue Roberts, who leads UK's International Center, will also travel to Tel Aviv to meet with the family and officials.

"We are doing everything possible to provide whatever support is needed", the statement added.

Her body was found on Monday.

"She was supposed to start on August 23", Thomas-Mora said before breaking down in tears.

In a release University of Kentucky said part of the the objective of the program was to study Arabic.

Israeli time and Jones said she was "in for the night", Thomas-Mora told the News-Press.

Jones, a biology major minoring in Islamic Studies, enrolled in a seven-week exchange program out of Jordon and had only one week until her return when she went missing.

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