Body of recent WVU grad found in Ohio River near Pittsburgh

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. (WDTV) -- The body of a missing Duquesne University graduate student and recent West Virginia University graduate has been found, according to CBS-affiliate KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh.

KDKA reports Dakota James’ body was found in the Ohio River, near Neville Island, Pa., around 9 a.m. Monday.

Officials say a woman was walking her dog near the back channel of the Ohio River in Robinson Township when she saw a body in the river.

Police and firefighters responded to the scene and quickly found the body.

“We came to this location by the Groveton Boat Club and did observe the body about 30 feet out. My officers were able to corral it at the next dock down,” Robinson Township Police Chief Dale Vietmeier told KDKA. “The medical examiner has just made positive identification, it is the body of Dakota James.”

An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

The 23-year-old Pittsburgh resident hadn’t been seen in weeks. He was last spotted in Downtown Pittsburgh on the night of January 25.

James graduated from WVU in 2015.