Cincinnati Police: Foul play not suspected in missing UC student case
(FOX19) - Cincinnati Police said Wednesday they do not suspect foul play in the case of a missing University of Cincinnati student. However, officials have assigned an investigator to work the case, and this case only.
Police said they are dedicating as many resources as they can to finding Brogan Dulle. His family has met with police and is offering a $2,500 reward. Local restaurateur Jeff Ruby announced via Twitter that he will thrown another $7,500, bringing the total reward to $10,000.
"I have an investigator assigned to that and that only right now," Cincinnati Police Capt. Michael Neville said. "I met with him last night. I met with him this morning. We are ironing out what we think could be good leads."
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 St.
Cincinnati Police said Dulle was last seen at 2 a.m. Sunday around his Mount Auburn apartment. Dulle told others in his apartment 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.
Dulle is also a swim coach at both Mercy HealthPlex and Turpin Hills swim clubs. When he did not show up at work on Monday, friends and family knew something was wrong.
Family spokeswoman Laura Lewis said police are following all leads. Brogan's bank account has been checked and is being followed. Brogan's cell phone was last used at 1:50 a.m. on Sunday but has not been found and is not currently on.
Verizon has provided the last cell tower ping before the phone was turned off which was from Burnet Avenue in Avondale. There is currently no way to track his phone.
Organizers of the Brogan Dulle search group have divided the Clifton area into a 40 section grid sending parties of 5-8 people to each section. They are passing out flyers, knocking on doors, looking in secluded areas for any sign of Dulle. Dulle's family says they are getting leads but there is still no sign of him.
In less than 24 hours, more than 6,000 supporters have joined the Help Find Brogan Dulle Facebook page, offering words of encourage, tips and more.
"We are overwhelmed by the support of the community. We truly believe there is someone out there that knows something about Brogan and we encourage anyone with information to come forward," said Libby MacVeigh, a cousin of Brogan who is helping spearhead the search effort.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, 7820 Beechmont Ave., Anderson Township, will host a rosary prayer service at 7 p.m. Wednesday for Dulle.
Dulle is described as 6 feet tall, 145 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes with eyeglasses. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt, khaki shorts and black Nike gym shoes. A missing person report was filed Monday night.
People from the community can help with the search by:
- Call the Cincinnati District 4 Police at 513-765-1212 or Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040 with any tips and information about Brogan's whereabouts
- Join the Help Find Brogan Dulle Facebook page HERE.
- Head to Gilpin's to hand out fliers and help with search efforts at 2504 W Clifton Ave.
- Donate to the search efforts at http://www.gofundme.com/9e760
The family is hopeful in their search.
"If we don't find him tonight, we're going to do it tomorrow. He didn't vanish. He didn't just disappear. He's somewhere, and we're going to find him," said Brogan's cousin Libby Macveigh.
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