Boston police reported they discovered the body of 23-year-old Charlotte graduate student Jon Dailey Tuesday morning in the Charles River.
According to police, the rowing coach from Boston University spotted the body Tuesday about 7:30 a.m.
"The facts and circumstances surrounding Mr. Dailey’s death remain under investigation by State Police detectives assigned to the Suffolk DA’s office," the Suffolk District Attorney said in a statement. "We rule out no possibility and we promise Mr. Dailey’s family a thorough, comprehensive search for the truth as we investigate his death."
A cause of death has not been determined, officials added.
"We will not be discussing evidence recovered at or near the scene of this morning’s recovery efforts and we do not expect any further updates this evening."
The discovery adds another emotional turn for the family of Dailey, who graduated from Northwest School of the Arts and Appalachian State University before moving to Boston to attend architectural graduate school.
“This entire experience has been emotionally gut-wrenching, and today’s news only increases this,” Dailey’s sister, Robyn Hoffman, said Tuesday morning before officials confirmed the body was that of Dailey.
WBZ in Boston reported Tuesday afternoon that police detectives went to Jon Dailey’s apartment to speak with family members and to get dental records.
Jon Dailey’s parents, Bruce and Donna, went to Boston over the weekend to join in the search. They and others had distributed flyers across the city in an effort to help find their son.
Jon Dailey was last seen a week ago. His roommate, Miles Smith, said he and Dailey ate pizza and watched TV, and then Smith went to bed. He said he heard Dailey leave the apartment, on the southwest side of Boston, shortly afterward.
Dailey left his computer and a number of other items at the apartment. His cell phone has not been answering calls.
The search for him picked up in intensity after Dailey failed to show for work Friday.
Hoffman also said Tuesday morning that a $5,000 reward was being offered for information “leading to the safe return of Jonathan.”
Family members say Dailey loved being in Boston and chose Boston Architectural College after touring several other schools. Smith, his roommate, also is attending the school. Dailey was taking the semester off.
Family members noted that Dailey is a former Eagle Scout who enjoyed camping. His parents and other searchers checked a large nature preserve in southeast Boston on Sunday but found no clue of the missing man. They say Dailey left all his camping equipment at the apartment.
Hoffman said the family is thankful to the Boston and Charlotte communities “for rallying around our family and helping with the search effort.”
She said, “We have repeatedly received comments from people distributing flyers, about how wonderful the Bostonians have been.”