Missing designer, Jay Ott, found dead in East River

Missing designer found dead in East River

Police recovered the badly decomposed body of James Ott floating just off Pier 4 at 58th Street in Bay Ridge at 11:12 am on May 8.
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Police pulled the swollen body of missing fashion designer James “Jay” Ott out of the New York Harbor on Thursday morning, ending a nearly two-month search for the man friends described as depressed.

Boat-equipped cops retrieved the body from the harbor at Pier 4 off of Second Avenue and 58th Street in Sunset Park at 11:12 am on May 8. It took more than 24 hours to identify the body as Ott’s.

Friends last saw Ott on the evening of March 22, and he was captured on a surveillance video entering his home in Williamsburg’s McKibbin Lofts at about 10 pm. His friends later found footage of him walking on the Williamburg Bridge.

At the time, his friends and family put out notices and fliers across the city in search of him, and warned that he suffered from depression and anxiety.

Ott worked for the Los Angeles-based fashion investment firm Dock Group and had also worked as a designer for J. Mendel and the Row. He was profiled by the entertainment website Stylelikeu in 2009.

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Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

The Chooch from The Bohemian Magic Show says:
This is terrible. My sincere condolences go out to the friends and loved ones of Jay Ott. It is a loss felt farther than you may think when a member of our great guild of Brooklyn artists meets a tragic end.
May 13, 2014, 12:43 am
bkmanhatman from nubrucklyn says:
First it was that Columbia dental student and this guy,
Its sometimes hard to fathom why people take their own lives, especially when they seem to have a lot going for themselves in their young lives.
It just reminds me that regardless of who you are or who they are the little things in treating people with kindness and respect go a long way.
May 13, 2014, 7:22 am
AMV from South Slope says:
These stories always make me sad. I can only begin to understand the pain that would make someone commit suicide. At least for the families of these recent suicides, there is closure because bodies were found. May they all find peace.
May 13, 2014, 8:58 am
SwampYankee from runined Brooklyn says:
Does anyone have a link to any of his art?
May 13, 2014, 5:07 pm
goody from sunset park says:
thats not the east river, its NEW YORK BAY... brooklyn fail paper
May 13, 2014, 8:32 pm
JAZ from Hunting Redbeards says:
A commenter made it a big point to mention how the guy was a member of 'our great guild of Brooklyn artists'. Other commenters responded to that.

Everyone here I'm sure has known someone who died, but I fail to see how this exchange is hurtful, given that this is the comments section of a local newspaper. I don't see how anything said in any of these posts by anyone, including yours and Chooch's, is out of line.
May 15, 2014, 9:33 am
NYPD from NY says:
Oh like you weren't going to ridicule his design work if it was posted or existed? Maybe/maybe not I guess. But that jaggoff swampdonkey just had to make a point that he moved here from another state. Why does that even matter?
May 15, 2014, 9:54 am
ty from pps says:
Do you have a link to your work? Ya know, so we can judge you and make sure you're appropriate for Brooklyn.
May 15, 2014, 6:23 pm

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