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Search crews, volunteers spend weekend looking for Dakota James

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PITTSBURGH - Crews were out once again over the weekend to search for a missing Duquesne University graduate student who disappeared in January.
 
 
Officials in Beaver County said about a dozen boats, as well as drones, were used Saturday along the Ohio River to assist in the search for 23-year-old Dakota James. The search encompassed a 27-mile stretch of the river.
 
"We're just trying to expand our search area, ya know. We're starting to look at wooded areas out of the metro area,” Jeff James, Dakota James’ father, said.

Meanwhile, hundreds of volunteers participated in search efforts in North Park. The group gathered Saturday morning at the North Park Boathouse before the search got underway.

"It's just been overwhelming. Powerful set of people, and we love them,” Pam James, Dakota James’ mother, said Saturday.

 
 

The last time James was spotted on surveillance video was when he was walking in Katz Plaza in downtown Pittsburgh on the night of Jan. 25.

Nothing of significance was found Saturday and again on Sunday, when search efforts resumed in Allegheny Arsenal Park and Riverview Park.

 
 
The searches are being organized by the group Bring Our Missing Home. CLICK HERE to sign up for future searches.
 
Divers have searched all three Pittsburgh rivers, including the shorelines near the Seventh Street Bridge. Police said they have also searched landfills and homeless camps.
 
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