40 days after being reported missing, the body of gay college student Dakota James was found Monday morning in the Ohio River.
James was 23-years-old and attended Duquesne University.
Dakota James, 23, had last been seen Jan. 25 in downtown Pittsburgh. Surveillance video showed him walking in Katz Plaza that night. Authorities were called Monday, more than a month later, to the Ohio River in the area of Royal Avenue. Crews recovered James’ body from the water.
The circumstances surrounding James’ disappearance and death remain unclear. James had been in Pittsburgh since August 2015, when he moved to the area to earn his MBA at Duquesne University.
James was reportedly on the gay dating app Grindr before he went missing. Because of this, his parents were pressing the app to release additional information that may help them find their son.
Pamela James believes her son was using the Grindr app prior to his Jan. 25 disappearance and wants police to solicit, or the company to offer, more data and information.
It’s unclear exactly what type of information the family wants from Grindr, but such apps typically have location data as well as logs of messages between users.
Duquesne University President Ken Gormley issued the following statement:
“Dakota and his family have been in our prayers throughout this difficult ordeal. I am deeply saddened to learn of the tragic outcome, and I extend my deepest sympathy to Dakota’s family and friends on behalf of the entire Duquesne University community.”
The circumstances surrounding James’ death remain unclear.
Stay tuned for updates from us regarding this horrific tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family during this trying time.