Missing former FSU student from Weston found dead in Tallahassee building

02/18/2014 12:51 PM

02/18/2014 5:26 PM

Ryan Uhre, a former Florida State University student from Weston who disappeared Feb. 2 in the state capital, was found dead Tuesday morning inside an abandoned building in downtown Tallahassee, police said.

Dave Northway, a Tallahassee Police Department spokesman, said authorities discovered Uhre’s body on the second floor of the building on College Avenue.

“It is with heavy hearts that we have to give this news today,” said Northway.

He added there was no indication of foul play, but that police were “not ruling anything out.” The Leon County medical examiner’s office will perform an autopsy.

Speaking to media gathered outside his Weston home on Tuesday, Uhre’s father, Michael Uhre, told reporters “we asked that Ryan would come home, and we believe that he’s home — he’s home with God.”

Uhre, 23, grew up in Weston and attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale. He graduated from Florida State University in December, according to family members, who said he was applying to law school. He became an intern for state Rep. Richard Stark, D-Weston, at the end of January.

Uhre was last seen on Super Bowl Sunday. Police have said that he spent part of the night at a Tallahassee bar, Clyde’s & Costello’s. His credit card also showed charges at the nearby Andrews Capital Grill and Bar.

Northway said police received surveillance video of area businesses from the evening of Feb. 2, and spotted Uhre walking in the area. Police canvassed the businesses Tuesday and saw a hidden window in a building that has a brick and wood front.

“There is no way anyone could see inside the building from the street,” he said. “You wouldn’t find the window unless you were looking for it.”

Tallahassee police, who took over the investigation of Uhre’s disappearance from FSU police a little more than week ago, said their search for the missing Uhre extended from Tallahassee to Broward County.

Stark, for whom Uhre had worked less than a week, offered his condolences Tuesday.

“I wish we had better circumstances,” he read from a statement. “You’ll have to forgive me, but these are difficult circumstances. I am truly and deeply sorry and saddened that law enforcement in Tallahassee has found the body of my legislative intern that’s been missing since the evening of the Super Bowl.”

House Speaker Will Weatherford also issued a statement expressing his “deepest sympathies.”

“We all longed with hope that Ryan would be found safe and return to the Florida House of Representatives as a volunteer,” Weatherford said.

The building in which Uhre’s body was found 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.

When Northway announced at the scene that the body they had found was Uhre’s, several of his friends burst into tears and hugged each other for comfort.

The discovery of Uhre’s body came only days after scores of friends and family attended a weekend prayer vigil in Fort Lauderdale.

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