Police in Kiev, Ukraine 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. Jay's body was recovered from a building next to the park where he went missing Tuesday, May 14th, 2013. Clues that helped police identify jay 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 attempt 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.”