Washington doctor found in a ventilation shaft of an abandoned buidling in Ukraine

Dr. Jay Sloop, 77, a Seventh-day Adventist from Yakima, Wash., went missing in May 2013, and authorities believe they have found his remains in a ventilation shaft in an abandoned building.  Sloop had gone to Kiev, Ukraine on a 3-week training mission,  He went for a walk in Kiev park and did not return for breakfast.  His colleagues reported him missing and a search was made with the help of the U.S. Embassy, bloodhounds and lots of media coverage, but Loop was never found.  No one knew what happened to him until renovation construction began on a building near the Kiev park and his remains were found when a wall in the basement was removed and he was found in a ventilation shaft.  The body was wearing the same clothes Sloop was wearing the day he went missing and a wallet with ID was found. 

Dr. Sloop was a retired physician and was involved in a health ministry for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Washington. 

“We grieve with the Sloop family, and we look forward to the day when we will see Jay again in heaven,” said Paul Hoover, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Upper Columbia Conference, where Sloop served as health ministries director. “He was a light and an encouragement to so many in Yakima, the [U.S.] Northwest, and around the world. I invite you to join me in praying for Jay’s entire family in this difficult time.

No explanation has been offered by authorities on how Sloop ended up in the ventilation shaft.

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