A family’s search for their 23-year-old son in Boston ended on Tuesday, October 10 when authorities say the man identified as Jonathan Dailey was found dead in the Charles River. He was reportedly found bound with chains and weighted down with a cinder block in the river.
A Boston University rowing coach notified police of the body that was seen at around 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning. It appeared to have been in the water for several days.
Dailey was last seen a week prior on October 2 at the apartment which he lived shared by longtime friend, Miles Smith, 23, in Boston’s Allston neighborhood, only about a mile from where his body was found.
“It’s not unusual for him to step out,” Smith said while the search for Dailey was still ongoing. “I went on to bed, and never heard him come back in.”
Jonathan Dailey was a Charlotte native who had been studying at Boston Architectural College. He and Smith both held undergraduate architecture degrees from Appalachian State University. They were reportedly taking a semester off from their second year in graduate school.
Dailey was not enrolled in college this semester because of financial reasons, his family stated.
Smith told reporters that he could not think of anyone who might want to harm Dailey, saying, “He’s very charismatic, a great friend to all he met.”
Dailey did not show up to work on Friday at the American Apparel store on Brattle Street in Cambridge. When family and friends continued not being able to reach him by phone, his parents traveled to Boston in search of Dailey. His parents, Bruce and Donna Dailey, searched places Jonathan frequented and distributed fliers across the city.
Dailey’s sister, Robyn, had called the experience “emotionally gut-wrenching.” Jonathan also had a brother, Kevin.
Robyn posted on a Facebook event page Tuesday evening, “We just found out that my dear brother Jonathan is with Jesus. We are in shock. Please lift us up, we are devastated.” The event page had been started in hopes of spreading the word of Dailey’s missing persons search.
The Suffolk District Attorney’s office said Dailey’s remains were identified from dental records.
Authorities have released few details while the death remains under investigation.
Jake Wark, a spokesman for District Attorney Daniel Conley’s office, said, “We rule out no possibility and we promise Mr. Dailey’s family a thorough, comprehensive search for the truth as we investigate his death,” Wark said in a statement.
The body of a 62-year-old unidentified man was found in the river just one day before on Monday. Authorities, however, do not believe there is any link between the two.
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