The University of Kentucky student was finishing off a study-abroad program in Jordan with a weekend break in Israel with friends when tragedy struck.
The body of TeNiya Elnora Jones was found by authorities Monday morning on the beach of Tel Aviv. The US Embassy in Israel said it has been providing consular services to Jones' family.
'We will do everything possible to provide whatever support is needed'.
In a release University of Kentucky said part of the the goal of the program was to study Arabic. The two people alerted local authorities after Jones did not return for almost three hours, the university said in a statement. One stayed behind in a Tel Aviv hotel. Jones was with a 20-year-old woman who is also a student at the University of Kentucky and a 21-year-old man attending West Virginia University.
The two friends were safely pulled back to the shore, but Jones had not been seen since despite a massive search operation.
On Saturday, Jones and three other students went swimming when she went missing.
Bill Bull, the vice president of Health and Safety at the CIEE, left her a voicemail.
"Right now there's concern that your daughter went out swimming and has not yet returned and it's been about two and a half hours". Rescue forces and divers conducted a search of the water after she was reported missing, reported WDRB.
The families of the students involved and the students in the program have been made aware of the situation. "She is loved. You were easily attracted to her personality", Thomas-Mora, who has another daughter, 3-year-old Naomi Ruth Mora, told The News-Press. "She wouldn't take a risk like that".
The talented student had completed a biology and Islamic studies degree, and had been due to start the University of Kentucy's premedical program on August 23.
"She's a decent swimmer", Thomas-Mora said before her daughter's body was found.
A college student from Florida on an exchange program in the Middle East died while swimming in Tel Aviv, family members said. Jones, 19, who is from Ft.
"He remembered her yelling, screaming and he thought that she had swimmed behind them but I guess when they got to shore they realized that TeNiya wasn't there so they went to get help".