Brogan Dulle's parents: 'We need you home'

Published: May. 23, 2014 at 7:25 PM EDT
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Tom and Beth Dulle during a press conference Friday at Cincinnati Police District 4...
Tom and Beth Dulle during a press conference Friday at Cincinnati Police District 4 Headquarters (Photo: FOX19/Gordon Graham).
Brogan Dulle (Provided photo).
Brogan Dulle (Provided photo).
Cincinnati Police Capt. Eliot Isaac briefs the media on Friday. FOX 19 photo
Cincinnati Police Capt. Eliot Isaac briefs the media on Friday. FOX 19 photo

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The family of missing University of Cincinnati student Brogan Dulle described the days leading up to his disappearance and thanked the community for their support during an emotional press conference Friday morning.

Speaking directly to her son on Friday, Beth Dulle offered this emotional plea:

"We love you and we miss you terribly," she said. "We are worried sick about you. We need you home."

Tom and Beth Dulle, who were also joined by relatives Tina and Libby MacVeigh at Cincinnati Police District 4 headquarters, said their son helped sand a picnic table at home and spent the Friday night playing video games with one of his brothers.

Brogan Dulle is the second oldest of six children (five boys and a girl).

"(There was) nothing that would leave me to believe something was bothering him," his mother said.

Dulle, 21, has been missing since early Sunday morning. The Turpin High School graduate 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 said Dulle was last seen at 2 a.m. Sunday around his Mount Auburn apartment. He told others he had misplaced his cell phone and was going to back track his path in an effort to find it.

He has not been seen since.

"The minute we received a call that he missed work was the minute we realized something was very wrong," Beth Dulle said.

Dulle was reported missing on Monday after failing to show up for his job as a swim coach.

"He is responsible and he is dedicated. He would not miss work. Like a mailman, rain, sleet or snow, he would be there," his mother said.

In a brief press conference, Cincinnati Police Capt. Eliot Isaac said Friday in the past 24 hours police have no new credible information about Dulle's whereabouts. Isaac said Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell asked investigators to start to check into any known offenders in the area who may have some type conduct pattern that might lead to information.

Isaac said police have not made a determination about foul play.

"We're open to anything," Isaac said. "What we do know is, Mr. Dulle is missing and we're trying to find what the reason is for that."

Cincinnati Police Lt. Col. James Whalen said Thursday that police have no reason to suspect foul play. There has been no indication from credit or debit transactions that Dulle is somewhere else or that his property is being used by another person.

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

Search parties have been canvassing Cincinnati neighborhoods, including Clifton, Over-the-Rhine and downtown.

Tweets with #FindBrogan and #FindBroganDulle have dominated social media and the Facebook group Help Find Brogan Dulle has reached more than 17,000 members.

Dulle's story has even reached national news outlets.

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.

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

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