Brandon Addeo | News Editor
Police confirmed a body found this morning in the Ohio River in Robinson Township is that of missing Duquesne student Dakota James.
A police official said they got a call at about 9 a.m. of a body in the river. The medical examiner confirmed the body was James’.
There is no word yet on the cause of death or the nature of James’ disappearance.
“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,” Duquesne President Ken Gormley said in a statement.
James had been missing since Jan. 25, when he and several co-workers went out for drinks. He was last seen walking by himself in surveillance images that night in the Cultural District’s Katz Plaza.
In a press briefing Feb. 28, police said video showed James walking toward Fort Duquesne Boulevard via Scott Place. The video did not show which direction Dakota turned on the street.
Police notified the James family on the discovery of Dakota’s body.
Pittsburgh Police will be holding a press conference this afternoon related to the discovery of James’ body.
James was pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration at Duquesne.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.