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Body found in Israel confirmed as missing Fort Myers woman

Posted at 1:01 AM, Jul 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-30 10:29:18-04

UPDATE (10:30AM) -- Family members have confirmed with Fox 4 that a body found in Israel  Monday morning was that of 19-year-old Teniya Jones, a college student from Fort Myers.


UPDATE (8:30AM) -- Search teams in Israel believe they have found the body of a missing University of Kentucky student from Fort Myers.

19-year old Teniya Jones was studying abroad for the summer.  On Saturday she was swimming in the Mediterranean Sea with two friends when they got caught in a rip current.

The two friends were able to make it back to shore, but Jones did not.

Police said a massive rescue effort was launched, and the body of a young woman was found Monday morning.

Experts are working to make a positive identification.

Meanwhile, Jones' mother and grandfather are planning to travel to Tel Aviv.

(Original story below)

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Teniya Jones, a teenager from Fort Myers has gone missing in Israel. The 19 year-old graduate of Dunbar High was studying abroad.

Her mother, Tosha Thomas-Mora, says she was visiting Tel Aviv with other students at the time. 

Jones is a graduate of Dunbar High School and is studying biology at the University of Kentucky. Thomas-Mora says she was notified by the university that her daughter went missing when she and other students went out for a swim around 11 p.m. local time. 

Four in Your Corner spoke with Jones mother, at her home where she was surrounded by family and friends while waiting for more news about her daughter's possible whereabouts. 

The University put out the following tweet which included a letter sent out to the entire campus about the incident.