Adventist health worker missing in Kiev, Ukraine
Jay Sloop, 77, not seen in over 12 hours after early morning walk
BY MARK A. KELLNER, News Editor
A 77-year-old Seventh-day Adventist from Spokane, Washington, apparently disappeared while on a morning walk Tuesday, May 14, 2013, in Kiev, Ukraine’s capital city, according to an announcement from the Upper Columbia Conference, or UCC, headquartered in Spokane.
Dr. Jay Sloop, UCC Health Ministries Director, had been in the Ukraine with a team of health professionals for three weeks, helping the local Adventist church set up a lifestyle center in Kiev.
Sloop went for a walk around 7 a.m., local time. Before leaving his hotel, Sloop arranged with his roommate to meet back at the hotel for breakfast in approximately 45 minutes. He did not return from his walk.
Dr. Sloop began directing Upper Columbia's Health Ministries department after he retired from his medical career in Yakima, Washington. From 1969 to 2005 he served the Yakima community in private practice, along with inpatient care and teaching at Total Health Lifestyle Center, an inpatient lifestyle change facility.
After graduating from Loma Linda University Medical School in 1960, Dr. Sloop did a residency program in Internal Medicine at White Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles, California, he worked in general practice in La Grande, Oregon, did an OB-GYN residency again at White Memorial Hospital, and served in the Air Force for two years as an M.D. before starting his practice in Yakima.
Dr. Sloop was raised in Caldwell, Idaho, graduated from high school in Keene, Texas, and is a graduate of church-owned Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska.
“The 77-year-old Sloop has been missing now for more than 12 hours,” the UCC statement said. “Please pray for Dr. Sloop’s safe return and for his family in this traumatic situation.”
-- with reporting from Jay Wintermeyer, Upper Columbia Conference