Body Found in Hudson Is That of Ian Jones, Tali Lennox’s Boyfriend; Cause of Death Was Drowning, Autopsy Finds


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Tali Lennox and Ian Jones in April.

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The search for Ian Jones, the artist and model missing since a kayak accident on Saturday, ended on Tuesday with the confirmation that the body found in the Hudson River on Monday was that of Mr. Jones. The findings of an autopsy conducted by the Dutchess County Medical Examiner were consistent with drowning, and Mr. Jones’s death is considered to be an accidental drowning with no criminal charges expected, according to a statement by Capt. John Watterson of the Dutchess County sheriff’s office. Results of toxicology tests performed during the autopsy will not be known for several weeks.

Mr. Jones, 32, had been on the river with his girlfriend, Tali Lennox, a fellow artist and model, near Staatsburg, N.Y., when their kayak overturned on Saturday morning. Ms. Lennox, 22, was pulled from the water by a passing boat on Saturday; crews had been searching the river for Mr. Jones ever since.

Ms. Lennox posted a photo of herself and Mr. Jones and a remembrance on her Instagram account Monday night.

“My heart is shattered,” she wrote. “My best friend, my soul mate, my partner in crime & creativity, the LOVE & LIGHT of my life is no longer with me. All the love that has been sent to me is giving me the strength to get through this. I know that he is so so happy that I was safely rescued. Let us honor & celebrate this beautiful soul & keep following the light.”

Ms. Lennox, a daughter of the singer Annie Lennox and Uri Fruchtmann, is a familiar face to the fashion industry, having walked the runways for Burberry, Prada and Marc Jacobs, and appeared in magazine features and ad campaigns. (Most recently, she appeared in the ads for the German accessories line MCM.) She is also an artist, whose first solo show of paintings ran from March 20 to April 19 at Catherine Ahnell Gallery in New York.

Mr. Jones, also a model, was on the cover of the first issue of L’Officiel Hommes magazine, and appeared in the Berluti runway show in Paris in June. He is also a photographer.

He and Ms. Lennox collaborated on a series of portraits of homeless “Street Kids” (their title) whom they met at squats and on the streets of the East Village. The fashion magazine Grey published a portfolio of Mr. Jones’s photos from the series last fall; and earlier this year, the pair was profiled in Teen Vogue as artists on the rise.

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Ian Jones walking the Berluti show in June.

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Captain Watterson said that accidents like this one did not happen often but that people underestimate the danger on the river.

“Going in the Hudson River, or any river, is not like going in a lake or a pool,” he said. “There is a current, and it can be pretty rough. Once you get out there and realize, it can be too late.”



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