Autopsy: FSU graduate’s death was accidental

Ryan Uhre fell to his death in a Tallahassee building, police say.
Ryan Uhre fell to his death in a Tallahassee building, police say.
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Herald/Times Tallahasse bureau

Ryan Uhre, the legislative intern from Weston whose body was discovered in an abandoned Tallahassee building last week, likely died from a fall, according to the preliminary results of an autopsy released Monday.

His death appears to be an accident, Tallahassee police said.

Investigators believe Uhre, 23, fell into the building through a second-story window. Because there was no second level, he plunged to the ground floor.

“At this time, it is believed Mr. Uhre was alone when this terrible accident occurred, but the final report will not be complete until all data is reviewed, including toxicology reports,” according to a Tallahassee police statement.

Police said Uhre climbed to the second-floor window on a boarded-up staircase. He then plunged 20 feet down the shell of the building.

With the mystery of his death clearer, the next question is: Why was he in an abandoned building?

A recent graduate of Florida State University, Uhre had stayed in Tallahassee for an internship in the office of state Rep. Richard Stark, D-Weston.

He went missing on Super Bowl Sunday.

Uhre’s body was discovered Feb. 18 several blocks from Andrew’s Capital Grill & Bar, the watering hole where he was last seen.

The building in which Uhre fell to his death is part of a complex next to the Adams Street Commons, a brick street that links College Avenue and Pensacola Street, and is the heart of Tallahassee’s lobbyist row.

Uhre’s disappearance spurred a search across the state and into Broward County, where friends and family said farewell over the weekend.

“We’ll always think about him he’s always in our hearts and we’ll miss him everyday but we know he’s home now,” said friend Andrew Ball.

Contact Kathleen McGrory at kmcgrory@MiamiHerald.com.

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