A young Orthodox Jewish man from Lakewood, N.J., is the object of a massive search in Israel after he went missing Friday while hiking in woods outside Jerusalem.
Aaron Sofer, 23, was hiking in the Beit Sayit area with a friend when they became separated while climbing down a steep hill, the Jerusalem Post reported.
Israeli officials say they cannot rule out that Sofer, a yeshiva student who was wearing a yarmulke and other clothing identifying him as Jewish, might have been kidnapped.
The forest was where the burned corpse of a Palestinian teenager, Muhammad Abu Khdeir, was found last month. Khdeir was killed by Jewish assailants in apparent revenge for the slaying of three Israeli students by Palestinian attackers whom Israeli authorities have linked to the militant group Hamas.