April 29, 2014

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

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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