NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A fashion designer has been found dead in the water near the Brooklyn Army Terminal, more than six weeks after he was last seen leaving his Bushwick apartment.
The body of James Ott, 31, who also went by the name of Jay Ott, was found at 11:10 a.m. Thursday in Upper New York Bay, near Second Avenue and 58th Street in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, police said.
Ott was pronounced dead after being removed from the water, police said. The New York City Medical Examiner’s office will determine the cause of his death.
<a title="Friends Search For Missing Fashion Designer Jay Ott" Ott had last been seen leaving his apartment at the McKibbin Lofts in Bushwick – walking north on Bushwick Avenue at the corner of Boerum Street – at 4:35 a.m. Sunday, March 23, according to a missing persons flier issued shortly afterward.
Published reports said friends and colleagues at The Dock Group design studio, where Ott works as a design director, became concerned when he did not come to work the following day.
Ott worked in the studio for former model Rosetta Getty, who is set to launch a signature collection this fall, according to Women’s Wear Daily.
He also co-wrote the 2011 book, “Collective Fashion Wisdom: 90 Questions, 450 Answers, 5 Points of View,” according to published reports.
He also worked with the Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen on their high-end fashion line for The Row, according to a published report.
The NYPD continued to investigate Ott’s death Friday evening.
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