Police in Israel mounted an intense search over the weekend for a missing 80-year-old tourist from Platte County.
Herman Kuehn, a retired physician, disappeared without a trace just after noon Friday when his tour group arrived in Bet She’an, the site of ancient ruins.
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Local friends learned of the disappearance as staff of his church, Pine Ridge Presbyterian at 7600 N.W. Barry Road, began emailing prayer requests. Kuehn’s wife, Mary, accompanied him on the trip, but is safe, church members said.
The Jerusalem Post reported Sunday that dozens of officers from a nearby police station, 30 soldiers, border police and a helicopter searched the area over the weekend.
“He is not in good health as he suffered a stroke,” a police spokesman told the newspaper.
Kuehn was on a tour being led by Mike Graves, a professor of preaching and director of continuing education at the St. Paul School of Theology and a frequent speaker at Pine Ridge.
According to the school’s Facebook page, the trip, which was open to the public, runs May 21-30 and includes dozens of stops at Christian religious sites.
The Post reported that police first hoped that Kuehn had gotten on the wrong tourist bus. Later they set up a mobile command center to direct the search.