Over the last week, the above “missing” posters have started popping up in subway stations and lampposts across Brooklyn and lower Manhattan, imploring the public to aid friends and family in the search for Jay Ott, a 31-year fashion designer who has been missing since March 22nd. He didn’t show up to work the following day, and reportedly has not used his credit cards or phone, either. Surveillance video showed Ott leaving the McKibbin Lofts, where he lives, at 4:35 a.m.; another camera outside of a bodega caught him at 4:51 a.m., walking toward Manhattan.
Now, the Brooklyn Eagle reports that last night, the NYPD discovered new footage that shows Ott walking over the Williamsburg Bridge at 5:02 a.m.. A friend told the paper that “we are continuing our search for more information by checking more surveillance footage from the Delancey St. area and physically visiting hospitals and rehab centers.”
A Facebook page has been set up, where friends and family have been posting updates and hoping to hear any word that the designer is safe. Ott’s father has flown in from Pittsburgh to help in the search. Ott is described as 6’2″, 175 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair. On the surveillance videos, he’s wearing a bright blue cap, a denim jacket, loose-fitting light-colored pants, and dark shoes. Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Thomas Pisano at the 90 Precinct Detective Squad, (718) 963-5368, or email email@example.com.
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