Ryan Uhre: What We Know So Far About the FSU Student's Disappearance and Death
Police are still awaiting the autopsy results of Weston native and FSU student, Ryan Uhre, whose body was discovered on the rooftop of a building in Tallahassee on Wednesday after he had vanished for nearly two weeks.
Uhre's disappearance has been a high-profile case, hitting close to home and coming to a sudden and tragic ending.
The story is also intriguing, as the reasons Uhre disappeared remain a mystery. And since police found no evidence of foul play, questions also remain as to how the FSU student may have died, or how he may have ended up on a rooftop above a bar.
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It's a seemingly impenetrable case with many questions. Here's a recap of what we know so far:
Where was Ryan Uhre last seen? Uhre reportedly was hanging out at Andrews Bar and Grill in the 100 block of College Avenue in Tallahassee on Super Bowl Sunday. The bar is two blocks away from his fraternity house, Alpha Delta Phi, on College Avenue. He then reportedly left the bar alone and was spotted by surveillance cameras in an alley down the street.
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Where was he found? Uhre's body was found Wednesday on the rooftop of the building where he was last seen. Someone inside a hair salon adjacent to the building spotted his body from a window, and contacted police.
Were there any signs of foul play? Tallahassee Police say they've found no evidence of foul play. But they haven't said if Uhre's death was accidental or not. The autopsy will surely gives us more insight.
What do the cops know? At the moment, Tallahassee police only know that Uhre was in an alley by the building where his body was eventually found. Surveillance cameras spotted Uhre either walking into, or out of the alley.
Was Uhre alone? Cops aren't saying if Uhre was spotted walking with anyone in the surveillance footage. On the Monday before Uhre's body was found, however, police sent out a press release asking if anyone recognized this man:
The photo comes from surveillance footage shot on the street in the area Uhre was last seen. The man is not a suspect, but police believe him to be a pedestrian who happened to be walking in the area of downtown Tallahassee at the time Uhre would have been leaving Andrews Bar and Grill.
What about the report of his phone pinging in Broward? An early report said that Uhre's cellphone had pinged somewhere in the Pompano Beach area during the two weeks he had been missing. But police have since admitted that that was a mistake. All indications seem to be that Uhre never left the area of College Avenue before he died.
Was Ryan Uhre gay? And, if so, how is that relevant to this case? According to an op-ed piece by Norm Kent of South Florida Gay News, Uhre supposedly came out to his St. Thomas Aquinas high school teacher. Kent further says that the media should do more to investigate Uhre's sexuality as a possible connection to his disappearance (and eventual death). Kent cites an unrelated case about a young Jacksonville man who was murdered after "turning a trick." Kent also attempted to speak with Uhre's religious father, Michael Uhre, about his son's sexuality, but was hung up on several times. Kent does not go so far as to say Uhre disappeared because he was gay, only that the mainstream media hasn't mentioned that Uhre was gay.
There was also a tip that came in that Uhre was seen at Rosie's Bar & Grill in Weston, but that seemed to be a false lead.
Why have cops been so vague? Officer David Northway, spokesman for the Tallahassee Police Department, says that the reason information has been slow or seems spotty, is because this is an ongoing investigation. He says police are scouring surveillance footage of the area, and are also awaiting the autopsy results as they build the case and put the pieces of the puzzle together.
When can we expect the autopsy report? Police say that it may take several weeks before the autopsy results come out. Although there have been cases where it has taken only a few days. It's a waiting game at this point.
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