Authorities have confirmed that a body found in the Hudson River upstate on Monday is that of Ian Jones, a model and photographer who lived in the East Village.
Jones, 32, went missing following a kayak accident on Saturday morning. The Dutchess County Sheriff's Office considers his death an accidental drowning, per a media advisory.
According to published reports, Jones and his girlfriend, Tali Lennox, were on the river near Staatsburg, N.Y., when their kayak overturned. Passengers in a passing boat were able to rescue Lennox.
The Daily Mail reported that the couple had been staying at Locusts-on-Hudson, an estate owned by André Balazs.
As a photographer, Jones worked on a project titled "Street Kids," which "casts a photographic lens on the street-kid culture of the East Village."
Here's more about that project:
It began as a collaborative effort between Jones and Grey Magazine’s editor-in-chief Valentina Martin. Both were fascinated by the hardcore resiliency and youthful vibrancy of the “unknown” youth of Tompkins Square. Agreeing from the start that neither one of them would profit, they developed Street Kids with the intention to philanthropically support the kids using fashion photography as a medium. Offering $200 in cash to the kids for one day of photographing, Jones began the process of casting the subjects that would make up his photographs...
You can find some of the photos here and here.
Someone today placed candles, flowers and flyers outside his apartment building on East Seventh Street and Avenue A.