Yakima man goes missing in Ukraine

Yakima man goes missing in Ukraine »Play Video
Dr. Jay Sloop. Photo courtesy: Upper Columbia Conference

YAKIMA, Wash. -- A Yakima man is missing overseas in Ukraine. Doctor Jay Sloop, 77, is the director for the Upper Columbia Conference Health Ministries.

An agency spokesperson says Sloop never came back after going for a walk this morning in Kiev. He never showed up for a breakfast appointment.

Sloop is helping the local Adventist church set up a new lifestyle center.

People who know him here in Yakima are trying to stay hopeful.

"He's a pillar of our church," said Nita Hinman, a friend of Dr. Sloop. "He's a pillar of our community and I just can't say enough good things about him."

"It comes as a real shock," said Pastor Harry Sharley. "We are praying and hoping Jay Sloop is found well and able to return here to the Yakima Valley."

Pastor Sharley said Sloop's family is flying to Ukraine this week. Church leaders are also organizing a search.