Body Of Missing Gay Student Dakota James Found In Ohio River

The body of Dakota James, a graduate student at Duquesne University, has been found in the Ohio River.

The 23-year-old was last been seen on surveillance video on the evening of January 25.

The footage shows Dakota James walking through Katz Plaza in downtown Pittsburgh, shortly before he went missing. James can be seen smiling, laughing and possibly using Grindr, as reported by WTAE-TV.

According to the station, James’ family pleaded with Grindr to release more information that may help with deciphering his disappearance.

“Grindr did not provide all the information that we need. They only gave you the minimal (information) that they are required by the so called law. We will continue to fight to get more information,” wrote Pamela James in a Facebook post directed toward Pittsburgh police.

Pamela James believes her son was using the Grindr app prior to his Jan. 25 disappearance and wants police to solicit, or the company to offer, more data and information.


It’s unclear exactly what type of information the family wants from Grindr, but such apps typically have location data as well as logs of messages between users.

“I think Grindr should help in this case any way that they can,” said Alistair McQueen, a bartender at The Blue Moon in Lawrenceville where he said the James case is often discussed.”

James moved to Pittsburgh after he graduated from West Virginia University in August 2015. He works full-time for J.B. Hunt and was also working on his Master’s Degree in economics at Duquesne University with the hope of going to law school next.

Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto issued the following statement after the discovery of James’ body:

“My heart goes out to the family of Mr. James and the entire Duquesne University community. I cannot begin to imagine what it is like to lose a young loved one like Dakota. While this is not the outcome we had hoped for, I want to thank the tireless work of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, and other law enforcement agencies, to follow every lead and every piece of evidence in their attempts to find him.”