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UPDATE: Police Identify Body as Missing Yakima Physician

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YAKIMA, WA.- After more than two years police in the Ukraine think they may have found the body of a Yakima doctor.

    

Jay Sloop went missing in 2013, while helping on a 3 week mission trip to help expand the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

        

While Sloop was in Ukraine in 2013 he went missing in a local park he took frequent walks in. Police and Federal investigators, along with family members, did multiple searches, but until now the investigation led no where.

    

However contractors recently found what they believe to be Doctor Sloops body in an abandoned building inside an air vent.

    

We spoke with the Seventh Day Adventist Church Friday afternoon, they told us he was a beloved man and worked very hard for the community.   

"I've spoken to his family and of course it's a very difficult time for them, but he was a wonderful man, a very humble leader, and we do miss him," Pastor Harry Sharley told us.

    

The church told us that authorities identified Sloop by the clothes he was wearing and several pieces of identification that were in his wallet.      

However they are still going over forensics and DNA testing to confirm it is Sloop's body.

YAKIMA, Wash. - Police in Kiev, Ukraine have identified a body recovered from a ventilation shaft of an abandoned building as that of Dr. Jay Sloop, the Seventh- day Adventist physician from Yakima who went missing while on a health training visit to the country in May 2013.

His body was recovered from a building next to the park where he went missing Tuesday, May 14th, 2013. Clues that helped police identify Dr. Sloop include the clothes he was wearing the day of his disappearance and his wallet containing some identification. Police are currently conducting a forensic investigation to determine more details surrounding jay's death.

Prior to his disappearance, Jay had been serving on a three-week mission trip with a team of health professionals helping the Adventist church in Kiev set up a lifestyle center. As was his custom, Jay went for an early-morning walk. His fellow team members became concerned when he did not arrive at the appointed time for breakfast.

 An extensive search at the time, which involved hundreds of people, including U.S. Embassy personnel, blood hounds from Ukraine and Germany and a city-wide media blitz turned up no evidence leading to Jay’s whereabouts.
Jay served as a physician in Yakima, Wash. until he retired. In retirement he stayed actively involved in health outreach, including serving as the health ministries director for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and parts of northeastern Oregon.
Paul Hoover, Upper Columbia Conference president, said, “We grieve with the Sloop family and we look forward to the day when we will see Jay again in heaven. He was a light and an encouragement to so many in Yakima, the Northwest and around the world. I invite you to join me in praying for Jay’s entire family in this difficult time.”
 
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