Missing University of Kentucky student's body found near Tel Aviv

TeNiya Elnora Jones was swimming with friends
Posted at 10:52 AM, Jul 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-30 11:08:12-04

A body found near Tel Aviv, Israel is that of a University of Kentucky student who vanished while swimming in the Mediterranean Sea.

TeNiya Elnora Jones, 19, had been missing for more than a day.

Searchers found the body Monday morning, and family members confirmed with WFTX in Fort Myers, Florida, that it was her.

Jones, a University of Kentucky sophomore, was from Fort Myers and had been studying abroad in the Middle East.

On Saturday night, she and two other students were swimming in the Mediterranean Sea. One of the students later said they were caught in a strong current and pulled out to sea, the university said.

Two students were able to make it back to shore, but Jones was not.

Search teams teams began sweeping the area with helicopters, drones, divers, boats and jet skis, Israeli police said. They found a body Monday morning.

The US Embassy in Israel said it has been providing consular services to Jones' family.

Jones was a biology major who is also studying Islamic Studies, her university said. She was participating in an overseas summer program focused on the Arabic language.