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Vigil held for Charlotte man found bound with chains, cinder blocks in Boston river


Family and friends gathered Wednesday evening at a vigil for a Charlotte man who was found bound by chains and cinder blocks in a Boston-area river nearly a week after he went missing.

The body of 23-year-old Jonathan Dailey was found in the Charles River Tuesday morning.

Dailey, a Boston Architectural College student, was last seen October 2 at his apartment in Allston, by his roommate.

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office has not released a cause of death, saying the investigation is ongoing. Wednesday, officials told WBTV they were not releasing new information about the case.

Pastor Rick Joyner, from MorningStar Ministries in Fort Mill, said a prayer vigil will be held on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.

Sources close to the case told WBTV that when police pulled Dailey's body from the river, they discovered that two cinder blocks were chained to his ankles.

Those who knew him say it was unusual for him to disappear.

Dailey's roommate, Miles Smith, says he left behind his I.D., computer, phone charger, eyeglasses and passport.

Smith feels strongly that Jonathan would not take his own life.

"He was charismatic," Smith said.  "A great friend to all he met. He was a tough tease, but everyone knew it was in good nature."

Jonathan Dailey's parents were in Boston searching for him. They left Charlotte last weekend after learning their son was missing.

Dailey's sister, Robyn Hoffman, asked for prayers for the family.

His sister said that they had set up a Facebook page where people can repost information about Jonathan's story. The family has also set up an account to possibly offer a reward for information.

Hoffman says her brother was a private person and hadn't met a lot of people in Boston.

"We're completely overwhelmed with this nightmare but the other side of it we're completely overwhelmed and blessed by the support network that has poured out for us," Hoffman said.

Social media largely helped fuel that support.

It's a tool that many families of missing persons before never had the luxury of using.

"You never know who is going to read your information and may have a clue," Founder of the Kristen Foundation Joan Petruski said.

Petruski started the Kristen Foundation after Charlottean Kristen Modafferi disappeared 15 years ago in California. At the time, there were no organizations or funds to help find missing adults.

"The financial aspect of having a missing person is outrageous," Petruski said.

But Petruski feels the exposure missing adults receive is getting better with more people paying more attention.

"You have to...everyone is someone's child no matter how old they are," Petruski said.

Petruski has helped hundreds of families across the country over the years including several local cases.

Meanwhile, Dailey's room mate told reporters police left their apartment without offering many details.

"From what I understand, nothing can be addressed until all the medical examinations are done," he said.

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