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Crews search Ohio River for missing North Side man a day after vigil

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PITTSBURGH - The search for a North Side man who disappeared more than three weeks ago brought crews to the Ohio River, near Neville Island, on Tuesday.
 
A search team used a half-dozen inflatable boats to scan the murky water for any signs of Dakota James, the search for whom has moved beyond the city of Pittsburgh. Police also used a bloodhound and flew drones over the shoreline.
 
“The water levels are dropping a little bit, but the water is still moving pretty fast,” said Cmdr. Charles Rodriguez of the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Department.
 
The search was called off by mid-afternoon. Nothing was found. 
 
Dozens of volunteers combed the banks of the Ohio River on Saturday. Volunteers also walked from Riverside Park in Glenfield to Leetsdale, using a drone to search from the sky. 

On Monday, a vigil for James was held at Katz Plaza in Pittsburgh.

"There’s no harder thing in life than this. Absolutely nothing. But we're doing the best we can. Keeping our heads up, trying to find our son," Jeff James, Dakota’s father, said at the vigil. 

James was last seen Jan. 25 in downtown Pittsburgh, walking through the cultural district. 

James' family is from Maryland, but has come to Pittsburgh every week to look for him. 

"This is an area I've never been to in my life, so I certainly need the help. And for them to come out and volunteer their time and their knowledge, it's just extremely helpful for us," his father said. 

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A national organization has also joined in the search for the missing Duquesne University graduate student.

The nonprofit group Bring Our Missing Home is now working with the James family. The group is accepting sign-ups for anyone who wants to help with the search.