Authorities are continuing their search for a Brooklyn fashion designer who has been reported missing since March 23.
James "Jay" Ott, 31, was first reported missing after he didn't show up for work, say police. He was last seen on a bodega surveillance camera, walking north on Bushwick Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn around 4:51 a.m. on March 23. At that time, he was wearing a bright blue cap, dark denim-style jacket, loose-fitting light-colored pants, and dark shoes. A still photo of Ott from the bodga camera was released on Friday.
"Jay's family and friends are extremely concerned and anxious to receive any word regarding Jay's health and safety," read a statement on a Facebook page made to spread the word about Ott's disappearance. "His health and safety are our primary concern. If he is seeking help and confidentiality is a concern, we understand, but we would love to hear that he is safe."
Ott works for the Dock Group and studied fashion design at the University of Cincinnati. His co-workers became concerned when he didn't show up at his job on March 24. "He did not come into work on Monday, which is not very typical of him," Beatrice Kim told Gothamist. "That's when we all started to get worried. When we all started talking to one another, that's when we realized no one had heard from him since Saturday evening, which is not usual at all."
Ott's college friend, Liz Ricketts, 27, told the Post that she last spoke with him on Saturday.
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“He was in a good place last time we talked Saturday morning,” Ricketts said. “It’s strange for him to not reach out when he is struggling with something. It's not like him.”
Anyone with information on Ott's disappearance is asked to contact Detective Thomas Pisano at the 90th Precinct Detective Squad at (718) 963-5368 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.