UPDATE: 5/12/14 – The body of missing James “Jay” Ott has been found floating in the New York Harbor on Friday.
“We just found out … that Jay has died,” his parents posted on Facebook Saturday. “The police notified us that Jay’s body was discovered in the East River. The only thing we know was that foul play was not involved and that he did not jump from the bridge. We love you all and thank you for your thoughts and prayers.”
An autopsy to determine the cause of his death is pending.
UPDATE: 4/2/14 – A video caught James walking during the early morning hours. According to the Find Jay Ott Facebook page, a camera shows him leaving leaving his apartment at the McKibbin Lofts at about 4:35 a.m. and another camera outside of a bodega about a mile away walking towards Manhattan around 4:51 a.m.
Also, the NYPD found footage of Ott getting onto the Williamsburg bridge at around 5 a.m. on the morning of the 23rd. “We are continuing our search for more information by checking more surveillance footage from the Delancey Street area and physically visiting hospitals and rehab centers,” Beatrice Kim, who works with Ott at fashion investment firm The Dock Group, told the Gothamist.
Previous story: James (Jay) Ott, 31, was last seen at his McKibbin St. home in Bushwick late Saturday, police said.
Jay works for The Dock Group and is featured in 2009 on www.stylelikeu.com (There is also lots more pictures of him there and a video) Ott is also co-author of the book “Collective Fashion Wisdom: 90 Questions, 450 Answers, 5 Points of View” (2011, Clerisy Press). He did not show up for work and he was in Washington, DC till Wednesday working with students there making clothing for the city’s homeless. Jay is very well liked with the fashion community and they are coming together to look for him, through social media.
James is 6-foot-2, 180 pounds with blue eyes and light brown hair. He wears glasses.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at (800) 577-TIPS.