The 33-year-old went missing early January during a trip to New Orleans.
A massive search took place in New Orleans, but he was not located. His body was identified today.
He’s being flown back to the tri-state area for Kevurah.
The following statement was released by Askonim involved in the search:
Over the past 10 weeks, I have been fortunate enough to meet some of the most selfless and incredible people I have met in all of my life. People who turned over their entire lives in a heartbeat to assist in the recovery mission of our dear friend Mordi Gelfand.
Each and every one of you played a critical role in our operation, and even more so, your commitment and willingness to drop everything to assist was a tremendous support for the family and friends. From ground searches to drone pilots, from jetski searches to scrutinizing aerial footage, from underwater sonar scans to chartered Cadaver dogs, “no” was not in your dictionary.
We all entered this operation with the understanding that odds were against us, but as friends and believers in G-d, we do our “Histadlus” (manly efforts) and mobilize every possible resource hoping for a miracle and G-dly support.
Boruch Dayen Haemes, I’d like to inform you that Mordi’s body has been recovered, there is a 100% confirmation.
May his Neshama have an Aliya, May your efforts be a Zechus for you and your family!
Yehi Zichro Boruch.
A Levaya is expected to be held at 10:30 AM Tuesday at the 7th Street Chapel in Lakewood. Kevurah expected to take place in New York.
You can watch the Levaya on Zoom here.
Baruch Dayan Ha’emes.
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