Police confirm Aaron Sofer died in forest

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld tells CNN that the body found in the Jerusalem forest earlier today is that of missing US yeshiva student Aaron Sofer.

The body was found in a shallow ditch a the side of the road in the neighborhood, and his hat and glasses were found nearby, WABC in Lakewood, NJ reported, citing the police.

The body reportedly has decomposed, making identifying the cause of death difficult.

The Hebrew-language haredi Orthodox news website Beharedi Haredim reported the cause of death as dehydration.

Hatzolah announced via Twitter late Thursday afternoon that the body of Sofer, 23, was found in the Jerusalem forest and that the search had been called off.

A friend of the family tells CNN Sofer will be buried in Israel.

JTA, Times of Israel staff

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