The disappearance of Jay Sloop, a 77-year-old retired doctor from Washington State who went missing in Ukraine May 14, 2013, has been classified as a criminal case, according to Sloop's family and officials from his church, reported the Yakima Herald-Republic.
The paper said Sloop disappeared after leaving a church compound in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, to go for a stroll. He was reportedly in Ukraine to establish a lifestyle center with other medical professionals for the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Jay Wintermeyer, a spokesman for the church, told the Herald-Republic that police in Kiev have officially classified Sloop's disappearance as a criminal case.
The cover sheet of Dr. Jay Sloop's case file.
Dr. Jay Sloop seen in an undated personal photo.
Dr. Jay Sloop in Kiev, Ukraine in an undated personal photo.
Dr. Jay Sloop, center, in an undated personal photo.