Missing Designer Who Worked for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Is Found Dead

Jay Ott


updated 05/12/2014 AT 4:40 PM ET

originally published 05/12/2014 AT 5:45 PM ET

The body of a missing fashion designer who worked with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen has been found floating in New York Harbor.

An autopsy is scheduled for James “Jay” Ott, 31, who had been last seen at his home in Brooklyn on March 24 and reportedly suffered from anxiety, according to the Daily News.

Ott, who was ruled a missing person after he didn’t show up to work at The Dock Group, a design studio, was discovered Friday, the Daily News reports.

“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.”

Ott collaborated with the Olsens on their high-end line The Row, and the famous twins joined legions of friends and fans who used social media and flyers to search for him.


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