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Jonathan Dailey

Originally published: 2012-10-09 20:38:23
Last modified: 2012-10-10 11:40:53

Update: Body of ASU alum found

by Staff Reports

A body found in the Charles River Tuesday morning has been identified by authorities in Boston as that of a 23-year-old ASU alumnus who went missing from his Boston apartment last week, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.

Jonathan Dailey of Charlotte, who graduated from Appalachian State University in 2011, was last seen by his roommate the night of Oct. 2 at his apartment in the Allston-Brighton area of Boston, according to The Charlotte Observer. The roommate said he heard Dailey leave the apartment around 9 p.m. that night.

“The remains recovered from the Charles River this morning have been positively identified as those of Jonathan Dailey after a review late today of Mr. Dailey’s dental records by forensic odontologists at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner,” according to the DA’s office.

A rowing coach from Boston University discovered the body at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Police pulled two bodies from the Charles River this week while searching for Dailey. The first was determined not to be the young man.

The Boston Herald said the second body discovered Tuesday morning, later identified as Dailey’s, had been weighed down with a cinderblock and chains.

A Facebook page titled “Missing Jonathan Dailey” also confirmed the death.

“We just found out that my dear brother Jonathan is with Jesus,” wrote Robyn Hoffman on Tuesday evening. “We are in shock.”

Dailey had reportedly moved to Boston to attend architectural graduate school. His death remains under investigation.

“The facts and circumstances surrounding Mr. Dailey’s death remain under investigation by State Police detectives assigned to the Suffolk DA’s office,” the DA’s reports states. “We rule out no possibility and we promise Mr. Dailey’s family a thorough, comprehensive search for the truth as we investigate his death.

 “The Office of the chief medical examiner has not yet made a determination as to the cause or manner of Mr. Dailey’s passing. We will not be discussing evidence recovered at or near the scene of this morning’s recovery efforts and we do not expect any further updates (Tuesday evening).”