She is believed to have swum out with two other friends who managed to make it back to shore safely.
The body of a 19-year-old University of Kentucky student who went missing on the western border of Israel late Saturday has been found after it washed up on the beach she had been swimming at.
"She worked her (butt) off", said Jones' mother, Tosha Thomas-Mora.
University officials said in a news release Sunday it happened this weekend in Tel Aviv, Israel, when three students, including 19-year-old TeNiya Elnora Jones, a United Kingdom sophomore from Ft.
'The furthest I've known her to go is to stand and wade at the shore of the water and take pictures'.
'We will do everything possible to provide whatever support is needed'. The university said she and three other students traveled to Tel Aviv for the weekend.
Officials say the U.S. Embassy in Israel has also been alerted to the situation and has been involved throughout search and rescue efforts, staying in contact with Jones' family, CIEE and the university.
Officials from the U.S. Embassy in Israel also have been alerted and have been involved throughout the last 24 hours, communicating with Jones' family, Council on International Exchange (CIEE), and United Kingdom officials. The group was based in Amman, Jordan for the summer.
She died just seven months after her 22 year-old brother Samuel Jones Jr. was one of two people shot dead in Lehigh Acres, Ky.
Her body was found on Monday. In Israel it was 10:30 p.m. and her daughter had told her she was "in for the night".
Jones' cousin Jean Davis, one of about 50 distraught relatives who had gathered in Thomas-Mora's home on Dupree Street on Sunday, said she doesn't think Jones would have gone swimming at midnight.
Jones was studying biology and Islamic studies at United Kingdom and spent part of the summer studying the Arabic language in the Middle East.
"She was supposed to start on August 23", Thomas-Mora said through tears.
The University of Kentucky has made arrangements to send Jones' mother to Tel Aviv.
Jones had been an athlete at Fort Myers' Dunbar High School, winning 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles county and district titles before taking silver in the events at regionals.