Israeli searchers find body after American teen disappears in Mediterranean Sea

She is believed to have swum out with two other friends who managed to make it back to shore safely.

Jones and her friends - a 20-year-old woman from the District of Columbia who attends the University of Kentucky and a 21-year-old man from IL who attends West Virginia University in Morgantown, according to family - had chose to take a weekend trip to Israel before returning Friday to the United States.

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

University officials said in a news release Sunday it happened this weekend in Tel Aviv, Israel, when three students, including 19-year-old TeNiya Elnora Jones, a United Kingdom sophomore from Ft. "The furthest I've known her to go is to stand and wade at the shore of the water and take pictures". "We will do everything possible to provide whatever support is needed". The two people alerted local authorities after Jones did not return for almost three hours, the university said in a statement.

According to The Times, rescue forces, which included divers, had been searching the coast ever since the incident.

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In a later phone call, Thomas-Mora told the News-Press that an official from Health and Safety at the Council On International Educational Exchange, which offered the study-abroad program, said her daughter was swimming in the Mediterranean Sea with two friends when they got caught in a rip current. "She is loved. You were easily attracted to her personality", Thomas-Mora, who has another daughter, 3-year-old Naomi Ruth Mora, told The News-Press. She was due to return home to Fort Myers, Florida, in a week.

Like most teens, Jones posted to social media, sharing photos shortly before her swim. "That's not like her", Davis said.

Capilouto said university travel overseas officials are working to immediately transport Jones' family to Tel Aviv. They found a body Monday morning. "She wouldn't take a risk like that". "She was supposed to start on August 23", Thomas-Mora said before she broke down in tears. The group was based in Amman, Jordan for the summer.

Blanton said United Kingdom officials are still working with Jones' family on travel arrangements.

  • Sonia Alvarado