TeNiya Nora Jones, a 19-year-old sophomore at the University of Kentucky, has disappeared into Isreal, following a press release released by University President Eli Capiloto.
Jones, a Major Biology Minor Minor in Islamic Studies, enrolled in a seven-week exchange program from Jordon and only had one week until her return when she was missing.
The press release, as well as a campus-wide e-mail, was made. After being reached by TeNiya's family and informed of Jones's missing status, they went to all students in the UK.
Our thoughts and prayers are with TeNiya, her family and the students and other stakeholders. We are in constant contact with the TeNiya family, officials in Israel, State Department officials, and our congressional delegation to provide the greatest possible support to the family, students, and other stakeholders.
We will do everything possible to deliver support.
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. Jones, with two other students, took a weekend trip to Israel, where they went for a midnight swim in the Mediterranean
Jones is one of nine Students studying in Jordon on an exchange program. Seven of these students come from the UK and two from West Virginia.
Four of these students were in Tel Aviv the night they were missing, some stayed at the hotel and two went with them. Jones was with a 20-year-old woman who is also a student at the University of Kentucky, and a 21-year-old man who attended the University of West Virginia.
According to one of the students accompanying Jones, a strong current drew the three of them went out into the sea while they swam. The two students came back to the coast, but Jones was nowhere to be found.
. 2 Jones's mother, who lost her son to firearms violence in December, was contacted by telephone after Jones was missing for two hours
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Jones sent a text to her mother, Tosha Thomas-Mora, just before she went to the beach and said she was "at night," USA Today reported.
After the other two students landed and found that Jones was missing, Israeli officials contacted the Program Coordinator for the International Exchange Council (CIEE). A CIEE official contacted Jones's mother
Bill Bull, Vice President of Health and Safety at CIEE, left her a voicemail.
"I want to talk to you about what's going on in Tel Aviv and give you updates," Bull said.
"At the moment, there are concerns that your daughter went swimming and has not returned yet Seeking and Rescue is looking for them, and the US embassy is involved. "
The US embassy in Tel Aviv called Thomas Mora to assure her that the Israeli police are not searching for Jones give up.
3. Jones had just found out she was accepted into the University of Kentucky's Premed program
Jones's exceptional GPA, hard work and determination, she was a great candidate for the University of Kentucky's premeditary program, which she was accepted into and will be starting next month.
"It should start on August 23," Thomas-Mora said in tears.
Thomas-Mora says that her daughter is a "decent swimmer," but that she has never really seen her daughter further than her knees. "I knew that they had to get up and wade and take pictures on the water's edge."
50 of Jones's relatives were at home with Thomas-Mora on Sunday, where they decided history made no sense.
"It's not like her," Davis said. "She would not take such a risk."
. 4 The University of Kentucky sends Jones & # 39; s mother and grandfather to Tel Aviv to help with the search
# 39; Family The University of Kentucky Education Abroad message was sent to Thomas Mora to inform them that travel arrangements have been made and another person should travel to Israel to help find their daughter.
Thomas-Mora and her father (Jones's grandfather) will meet with officials looking for Jones on Monday, July 30th.
Sue Roberts, who heads the University of Kentucky International Center, which hosts the Education Abroad and Exchange programs, will also travel to Israel to meet with Jones's family and those looking for her.
. 5 Jones's Friends and Family Respond to Twitter
Jones & # 39; s Cousin grabbed for help in a tweet and said Jones is "like any other black girl who does not let her hair get wet."
He insisted that she would not go swimming like the two other students she said she did.
"This is very unusual, it seems to have been a really bad accident," British spokesman Jay Blanton told WKYT News.
"So many in Kentucky hope this wildcat will surely come home" WKYT reported.
This is an evolving story.
TeNiya Nora Jones, a student at the University of Kentucky, has disappeared in Isreal, according to a press release released by the university's president.
TeNiya Nora Jones, a student at the University of Kentucky, has disappeared into a press release in Isreal published by the president of the university.