Boston police remain tight-lipped Wednesday afternoon as they continued investigating the death of a 23-year-old Charlotte man whose body was found Tuesday morning in the Charles River.
While the family of Jonathan Dailey remained in Boston during the investigation, friends have planned a prayer service Wednesday night at the church where Dailey's parents are members.
As of mid-afternoon Wednesday, there have been no new developments in the case. Dailey, who was attending graduate school in Boston, was last seen Oct. 2. When his roommate, his parents and others could not reach him, a full-scale search began.
The search ended when the District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday evening that the body found about 7:30 a.m. by a rowing coach near the Boston University Bridge was Dailey. The body, which police investigators told reporters was bound with chains and weighed down by a cinder block, was discovered about a mile from the apartment he shared with a friend in Boston's Allston neighborhood.
When family and friends couldnt reach him by phone and he didnt show up at work on Friday his parents, Bruce and Donna Dailey, traveled to Boston to search for him. They scoured the places he frequented and distributed fliers across the city.
The facts and circumstances surrounding Mr. Daileys death remain under investigation by State Police detectives assigned to the Suffolk DAs office, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conleys office said in a statement Tuesday evening. We rule out no possibility and we promise Mr. Daileys family a thorough, comprehensive search for the truth.
After the announcement, Daileys sister confirmed the news Tuesday evening to friends on a Facebook page where the family had been posting updates about the search.
We just found out that my dear brother Jonathan is with Jesus, Robyn Hoffman wrote. We are in shock. Please lift us up, we are devastated.
Friends of the family have announced they will hold a prayer service at 7 p.m. Wednesday at MorningStar Fellowship Church, where Dailey's parents are members. The church is on Star Light Drive, off Regent Parkway near Carowinds Boulevard and I-77 in northern York County.
Passion for architecture
Relatives said Dailey was born and raised in Charlotte and attended Northwest School of the Arts. He played violin and piano, performing in local childrens orchestras.
He then went to Appalachian State University, where he studied architectural technology and design. His family said he loved architecture and never wavered from that path as a career.
After graduation, he and a friend decided to move to Massachusetts to attend a graduate program at Boston Architectural College. They moved to the city last August and were roommates.
Dailey wasnt enrolled at the college this semester because of financial reasons, his family said. But Dailey had said he loved being in Boston.
Daileys roommate, Miles Smith, said he and Dailey ate pizza last Tuesday and watched TV. Smith went to bed about 9 p.m. That was the last time Dailey was reported seen alive.
As days passed with no contact with Dailey, friends and family grew concerned. The search for him picked up in intensity after Dailey failed to show for work Friday.
Dailey left his computer and a number of other items at the apartment, the family said. His cellphone was not answering calls.
His parents, Bruce and Donna Dailey, went to Boston over the weekend, working with friends to plaster fliers across the city that asked for tips about their sons whereabouts. They worked with missing-person organizations, including the Charlotte-based Kristen Foundation, and used social media to spread the word about his disappearance.
Robyn Hoffman has said the family is thankful to the Boston and Charlotte communities for rallying around our family and helping with the search effort.
Daileys parents and other searchers also checked a nature preserve in southeast Boston on Sunday but found no clues. They said Dailey, an Eagle Scout who enjoyed camping, left all his camping equipment at the apartment.
Two bodies in two days
On Monday, a body was found in Charles River, sparking questions whether it might be Dailey. But authorities soon said the body was that of an elderly man.
The family said a $5,000 reward was being offered for information leading to the safe return of Jonathan.
On Tuesday, after the discovery of a second body in the river, detectives went to Daileys apartment to speak with family members and to get his dental records, according to reports.
Daileys sister called the experience emotionally gut-wrenching.
Hours later, their fears were confirmed.
Andy McMillan, a family friend who had known Dailey for 15 years, told the Observer he was shocked and saddened.
Jonathan was a really sweet guy and a special guy, he said. The Boston Globe and WBZ contributed.