Friends say they last saw Williamsburg’s Jay Ott on March 22

Mckibbin Lofts fashion designer missing

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Police are searching for a fashion designer who vanished from his home in Williamsburg’s McKibbin Lofts on Saturday night.

Friends say they last saw James “Jay” Ott that evening and that he was captured on a surveillance video entering his building at about 10 pm.

“Jay’s family and friends are extremely concerned and anxious to receive any word regarding Jay’s health and safety,” said his pal and co-worker Beatrice Kim. “His health and safety are our primary concern. If he is seeking help and confidentiality is a concern, we understand, but we would love to hear that he is safe.”

Friends described Ott, 31, as 6-feet-2 with thin, light-brown hair and blue eyes.

Ott works for the Los Angeles-based fashion investment firm Dock Group and has also worked as a designer for J. Mendel and the Row.

He was profiled by the entertainment website Stylelikeu in 2009. A video of that is below.

People with information on Ott’s whereabouts should call the 90th police precinct at (718) 963-5368.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

bkmanhatman from nubrucklyn says:
wow. this is bad, i hope they find this guy alive.
March 28, 2014, 9:08 am
diehipster from Abducting Addisons says:
First thing I would do if I were the detective on this case is have his parents back in New Hampshire call their credit card company to see if there was any activity since he's been missing.

Man, that video was painful to watch and I only got halfway through. Can you imagine the level of narcissism you need to post a video of yourself talking about cardigans for 5 minutes?

I don't hope he's dead - just out of Brooklyn and the rest follow.
March 28, 2014, 10:31 am
die diehipster from eff you says:
maybe people like diehipster will go missing and no one will give a —— because he never made any friends by pissing off anyone different from him. and if he does go missing maybe we check his local bars filled with townies and sports bros to ask if he pissed off the wrong guy. but no one will care and the internet will rejoice with the loss of another troll.
March 28, 2014, 11:35 am
NYPD from NY says:
when diehipster goes missing, no f••ks are given!
March 28, 2014, 11:53 am
"Interloper" from Kent Ave says:
Seriously diehipster? You're going to make these types of comments when this poor freaking guy is either dead or in some sort of serious trouble? Regardless of whether you're being serious or just trolling, that type of talk is totally uncalled for. Why don't you tell everyone your real name and where you live so that this guy's family know's who exactly finds this situation so amusing?
March 28, 2014, 3:16 pm
T from PS says:
The phrase "if he's seeking help and confidentiality is an issue" from his employer sounds like they suspect an alc/drug problem (as in, if he went to the hospital or rehab, just let us know)
March 28, 2014, 4:31 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
"Jerome: Failed Abortion"
March 28, 2014, 5:05 pm
Pat says:
Maybe he's not really missing, but checked into a hospital under an assumed name. It's not a crime to just take off and disappear. I hope he's found safe. Maybe it's a cry for attention. We can only hope.
March 28, 2014, 6:46 pm
God from Heaven says:
I must have made you ugly @diehipster. And for that, I will forever want you to suffer.
March 29, 2014, 1:39 am
Lisa Erb says:
His parents are from Pittsburgh, not New Hampshire.
March 29, 2014, 9:19 pm

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