CINCINNATI (AP) — A Cincinnati college student who had been missing for more than a week apparently took his own life, police said Tuesday, a day after his body was found in a vacant building next to his apartment.
Brogan Dulle, a sophomore at the University of Cincinnati, was last seen around 2 a.m. May 18. He left his apartment without his wallet or keys after telling friends he was going to look for his cellphone.
The 21-year-old’s family and friends, police, and more than 1,000 volunteers then fanned out across the city searching for him.
Fliers offering rewards for information leading to his whereabouts blanketed Cincinnati, from a popular farmer’s market to apartment buildings and window shops. His parents held a news conference begging their son to come home.
On Monday, police found Dulle’s body hanging in the basement of a vacant building next to the young man’s apartment after getting a report about a foul odor. Hamilton County’s coroner identified the body as Dulle’s and ruled his death as asphyxiation by hanging.
“We are devastated and we ask that you respect our need for privacy during this difficult and tragic time as we come to grips with this information,” Dulle’s family said in a statement. “We need to grieve, cry, hug and cry some more with our family.”
Dulle was studying to be a teacher and worked at the Cincinnati Zoo. He also was a local swimming coach.