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Autopsy Inconclusive on Fashion Designer Who Had Been Missing Since March; His Advice Helped Glenn Beck’s 1791 Clothing Line


Police do not suspect foul play.

James 'Jay' Ott

An initial autopsy report on Brooklyn fashion designer James "Jay" Ott, 31, was inconclusive, officials said Saturday, the New York Daily News reported.

James 'Jay' Ott James 'Jay' Ott (Image source: Facebook)

Ott was seen for the last time on a security camera walking onto the Williamsburg Bridge from Brooklyn toward Manhattan at about 5 a.m. March 23.

His body was found floating in New York Harbor early Thursday. Police do not suspect foul play, the Daily News added.

Ott lent his expertise to Glenn Beck’s 1791 Supply & Co. clothing line, playing a crucial role in facilitating the creation of patches the company uses for apparel. Tim DiDonato, design manager for 1791 (and Beck’s son-in-law), was a colleague of Ott’s before he came aboard 1791.

When Beck started the clothing line, he wanted a lot of great patches created and asked DiDonato to make that happen. DiDonato went to Ott for advice. “Without Jay’s referral to the vendor we use, 1791 may not exist as it is today,” DiDonato told TheBlaze, adding that after hearing about Ott’s disappearance he was very concerned.

The city medical examiner will perform additional tests to determine how Ott died. 

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