Jay Sloop Update
Body May Be That of Missing Adventist Doctor
Dr. Jay Sloop served as health director for Upper Columbia Conference and disappeared in the Ukraine in 2013.
Dr. Jay Sloop
visiting the park where he
disappeared, just days before he
turned up missing.
SPOKANE, Wash., December 10, 2015 - While DNA testing is not yet complete, it appears that Ukrainian authorities may have found the body of Dr. Jay Sloop, the Seventh-day Adventist physician from Yakima, Wash. who went missing while on a health training visit to the country in May, 2013.
The body was recovered from a building next to the park where Jay
went missing Tuesday, May 14, 2013.
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."
Clues that helped police preliminarily identify the body include the clothes Jay
was wearing the day of his
disappearance and his
wallet containing some identification.
Police are currently conducting a forensic investigation to confirm the identification and attempt to determine more details surrounding Jay's death.
Prior to his
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
went for an early-morning walk.
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
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.