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Police: Most of tips exhausted in search for UC student, reward up to $25K

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Cincinnati Police Lt. Col. James Whalen on Thursday speaks to reporters about the department's search for Brogan Dulle. Gordon Graham/FOX19 Cincinnati Police Lt. Col. James Whalen on Thursday speaks to reporters about the department's search for Brogan Dulle. Gordon Graham/FOX19
Volunteers gather on Thursday outside Gilpin's on Clifton Avenue in Clifton Heights to search for Brogan Dulle. Gordon Graham/FOX19 Volunteers gather on Thursday outside Gilpin's on Clifton Avenue in Clifton Heights to search for Brogan Dulle. Gordon Graham/FOX19
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Cincinnati Police said Thursday they have followed up on most of the tips they have received about missing University of Cincinnati student Brogan Dulle.

Lt. Col. James Whalen said Cincinnati Police average about 1,500 missing person cases a year. He said what makes this case different is that police are now into their fifth full day that Dulle has been missing and police have exhausted most of the leads that they could find.

"I don't know any more about where he is today than I did when I first found about it this on Monday evening. … Even when we don't find people right away, we at least found some piece of information about where they went."

Dulle, 21, has been missing since early Sunday morning. The Turpin High School graduate whose family lives in Anderson Township, went out Saturday night with two friends to The St. Clair bar on Calhoun Street and Mac's Pizza Pub on West McMillan Street.

Police have said Dulle was last seen at 2 a.m. Sunday around his Mount Auburn apartment. Dulle told others in his apartment he had misplaced his cell phone and was going to back track his path in an effort to find it.  After not returning, Dulle's roommate reported him missing to police.

Whalen said in Dulle's case "we're talking about an adult male who left on his own terms here. So it is just our sole purpose ... to make sure that he's OK." 

Whalen reiterated that police have no reason to suspect foul play.

"We have to operate off of the assumption that he decided to do something," Whalen said. "Then he's doing it. He decided to go somewhere and that's where he is or if foul play befell him, it's just unusual that we don't get a phone call, somebody saw something."

Whalen said Dulle did leave his apartment to look for his phone, did look for it and was relatively unscathed at that point.

Whalen said there is no indication from credit or debit transactions that Dulle is somewhere else or that his property was taken and is being used by another person.

Dulle doesn't have access to a vehicle but his friends on Saturday night did. Whalen said Dulle primarily used the Metro bus system. Whalen said police are working with Metro to see if police can track his activity in case he had a fare card.

Police have a video of Dulle and two friends walking and pushing a grocery cart. The video is from an area down East McMillan Street from his apartment.

Photos: Surveillance footage shows Dulle, friend pushing shopping cart

Whalen said when they arrived home at 179 E. McMillan St. the friends got into the vehicle to go to a Taco Bell. Dulle took the grocery cart into his apartment building and into his apartment. He stuck his keys in the door and left the keys in the door. He also left his wallet and a jacket he was wearing. Police also have his tablet.

"We think he forgot and left his keys in the door," Whalen said. "So when he went back out to look for his phone, his keys we're still stuck in the interior door and he wouldn't have been able to re-access the exterior door, the lobby door of his building."

Whalen said presumably when Dulle arrived back home from looking for his phone, he was locked out.

"We don't know that he ever made it back there," Whalen said.

Whalen said the last ping from Dulle's phone was at 2:24 a.m. from a tower that serves an area that police know where he was. Whalen said the phone lost power around 5 a.m. or 6 a.m. Sunday.

Dulle was last seen wearing a blue or purple shirt, khaki pants, a black jacket and black and white Nike shoes.

Those who know anything about Dulle are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.

Reward money for Dulle now totals $25,000. It includes $2,500 from Dulle's family, $7,500 from local restaurateur Jeff Ruby, $5,000 from Cassady Schiller & Associates, Inc. and $10,000 from UC President Santa Ono.

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