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Hundreds Gather to Remember Missing Yakima Doctor


Reposted with permission of the Yakima Herald-Republic

Hundreds of people packed into the Yakima Seventh-day Adventist Church in Washington state on April 20 to remember and honor Dr. Jay Randall Sloop.

Although in many ways the service felt like a funeral for a much-loved community leader, it was not a typical memorial. Sloop, a retired obstetrician, disappeared last May while on a medical mission trip in Kiev, Ukraine.

Dr. Jay SloopVolunteers and police searched for the physician several times, posting fliers around the city and checked with every hospital. The case was classified as a homicide so police could devote more resources to the investigation, but no leads ever turned up.

Not knowing what happened that day has been hard for his family and friends. Sloop and his wife of more than 50 years, Sharlene, have three sons, six grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

Despite the unknowns, they decided it felt right to acknowledge his absence from their lives and celebrate his life with Saturday’s service. The family called it a “A Celebration of a Life of Faith.”

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