Three days after being reported missing in the Yerushalayim Forest while hiking with a friend, the family Aaron Sofer said would like military intervention.
Hundreds of police officers, volunteers and the emergency response and rescue organizations ZAKA and United Hatzalah have been actively searching for Aharon since Shabbos. No clues as to his whereabouts have surfaced.
“A physically, mentally and emotionally healthy young man does not go missing for 72 hours,” said Sofer family spokesman Dov Hirth on Monday. “The family is not satisfied with the way the search and rescue operation has been handled thus far.”
Hirth mentioned the Muhammad Abu Khdeir murder in the same forest last month.
“It’s well known that a murder took place in that forest, and especially with the ongoing tensions with Palestinians, we feel there should be a military presence and involvement in the search for Aaron,” he said.
While the manhunt initially generated numerous headlines, Hirth said the family is now concerned that the story has since lost traction.
“The fact of the matter is we have a young man missing for no apparent reason, and it was on page one of all the newspapers and then the coverage just stopped,” he said. “This needs to continue to be a major story.”
Anyone with information that may assist in locating Aharon has been asked to call 02-5391520, or the Israel Police hotline at 100.